COLUMBUS – The Ohio Democratic Party released the following statement from Chairman David Pepper on the Evenwel v. Abbott redistricting case, which is being heard before the U.S. Supreme Court today:
“Last month Ohio voters made a strong statement against partisan gerrymandering and overwhelmingly approved legislative redistricting reform. Today the U.S. Supreme Court is considering a case that could upend the legislative redistricting process all across the country, throwing maps into doubt and causing electoral chaos — all for political purposes. The case that’s being heard — Evenwel v. Abbott — threatens the democratic principle of ‘one person, one vote,’ which has ensured equal representation for everyone in America, no matter where they live, for decades. If the plaintiffs in this case have their way, they would leave out millions of people from the legislative redistricting process, including more than 2.6 million young people here in Ohio, who would lose their right to equal representation.
“In addition, this would be a huge power grab away from Ohio’s cities, which is why we worked with the mayors of Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton and Toledo to file an amicus brief in support of ‘one person, one vote.’ Ohio Democrats believe America is best served when we count everyone, and everyone counts in our democracy.”