Recently, attorney and voting rights advocate Marc Elias responded to criticism by the right about his relentless pursuit of voting rights legislation that gives equal power to all people in the United States. He said that “if the Republicans want less Marc Elias litigation, engage in less voter suppression. I’ll make them a deal: If they stop suppressing the vote, I will stop suing them for suppressing the vote.”
🚨BREAKING: Kansas Supreme Court DENIES Republican effort to block two lawsuits challenging the state’s new congressional districts under Kansas constitution.https://t.co/6uK9XlK1c2
— Marc E. Elias (@marceelias) March 4, 2022
Apparently, Republicans have not yet listened to his advice. The GOP in Kansas, like other red states where voter suppression has become all the more important for Republicans since President Joe Biden was able to handily unseat Donald Trump, the twice-impeached ex-president who lost the popular vote twice, has presented yet another gerrymandered congressional district map sure to favor right-wing candidates and ensure that the voices of the majority, and especially those living in urban areas (black and brown people), are drowned out.
Elias announced a victory in the state on Friday morning. Democracy Docket describes the case and its outcome by saying:
‘Lawsuit filed by Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt (R) on behalf of Kansas Secretary of State Scott Schwab (R) in the Kansas Supreme Court asking it to block two lawsuits challenging the state’s new congressional districts. The lawsuits at issue, Rivera v. Schwab and Alonzo v. Schwab, argue that the new congressional map is a partisan gerrymander that favors Republicans and dilutes minority voting strength in violation of the Kansas Constitution. The attorney general, who filed the petition on behalf of Kansas Secretary of State Scott Schwab (R), argues that these lawsuits, which were filed in state district court, raise nonjusticiable political questions that the Kansas judicial system cannot adjudicate and the lawsuits should be dismissed. The Kansas Supreme Court denied the petition.’
Twitter expressed their gratitude for Elias’s work and the work of Democracy Docket, excited to hear that they still have an advocate in court. Read some of their comments below: