John Q. Public
Federal Court Throws Out Ohio's Congressional Map
A federal court has ruled that Ohio's congressional map is an "unconstitutional partisan gerrymander" and must be redrawn by the 2020 election.
In their ruling Friday, a three-judge panel from the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio argue that the map was intentionally drawn "to disadvantage Democratic voters and entrench Republican representatives in power." The court argues the map violates voters' constitutional right to choose their representatives and exceeds the state's powers under Article I of the Constitution.
"Accordingly, we declare Ohio's 2012 map an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander, enjoin its use in the 2020 election, and order the enactment of a constitutionally viable replacement," the judges wrote in their decision.
https://www.npr.org/2019/05/03/72004766 ... sional-map
One wonders if the Republican Party would even exist if they were forced to behave even a tad fairly.
It should be interesting to see what the SC says about this...
Florida’s Republican Legislature Votes to Nullify Popular Ballot Initiative Enfranchising Former Felons
In 2018, a supermajority of Floridians voted for a ballot initiative to restore former felons’ voting rights. Florida’s Republican legislature has voted to effectively nullify that vote and disenfranchise a huge swath of the state’s formerly incarcerated population once again.
On a party-line vote Thursday night, Senate Republicans pushed through a draconian bill that will compel ex-felons to pay all fines, fees, and restitution associated with their sentences before they can regain their right to vote. The Florida House of Representatives passed a similar bill in April; the two measures will soon be reconciled and sent to Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, who is expected to sign the final version.
It seems to me that eventually this is going to come back to haunt the Republican Party...let's hope so anyway.
John Q. Public
It does to me as well, but we'll see what the courts have to say.
Legality aside, the Republican Party is ignoring what the people in Florida clearly voted for, and that's going to hurt them in any future election.