Judge Denies GOP Gerrymandering Attempt, In Win For Democracy

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Donald Trump, the twice-impeached ex-president who lost the popular vote twice, once said the quiet part about voter oppression out loud when he argued against giving expanded access to the voting booth during the COVID-19 pandemic. In an appearance on Fox & Friends, he said that Democrats wanted to make it too easy for Americans to vote, saying that “they had things, levels of voting that if you’d ever agreed to it, you’d never have a Republican elected in this country again.”

Republicans have done everything since, including gerrymandering all districts with large populations of people of color out of existence, to ensure their wins in red states after President Joe Biden defeated Trump in 2020 in states like Georgia and Pennsylvania, states that were red in 2016. The man pushing back against the tactics used by the GOP to suppress the vote in favor of Republicans is Marc Elias, who works with Democracy Docket to ensure fair elections.

Elias has achieved a number of victories in voting rights legislation across the country. In Kansas, after the GOP pulled their usual tricks to gerrymander voting districts, Democracy Docket sued and on Monday, they won their lawsuit.

‘The plaintiffs argue that the new map, which was enacted after Republicans overrode Gov. Laura Kelly’s (D) veto, is a partisan gerrymander that favors Republicans and dilutes minority voting strength in violation of multiple provisions of the Kansas Constitution…The lawsuit asks the court to block the enacted map and order the creation of a new plan that complies with state law.’

In Kansas, Republicans had attempted to dilute the votes of both Wyandotte and Douglas Counties, two Democratic counties where minority voters make up a large percent of the voter rolls. Thanks to Elias and Democracy Docket, their votes will not be erased.

Twitter was full of praise and gratitude for Elias and the good works he’s done to protect voting rights. Read some of their comments below:

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