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Apr 6, 2016

NCBCP Responds to Supreme Court One-Person One-Vote Decision

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Monday, April 4, 2016 that states may count all residents, whether they are eligible to vote or not, in drawing election districts

Melanie L. Campbell, president of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation Issued the Following Statement in Response to the Supreme Courts Ruling on the One- Person One-Vote

The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation joins other civil rights, social justice and community-based organizations in applauding the U. S. Supreme Court decision that states may satisfy “one person, one vote” rules by drawing election districts based on the total population of the state or legislative district.

The unanimous decision by the Court to maintain "one person, one vote," indicates the Court does understand that all residents matter and the right to vote is fundamental.

It is our hope that the leadership in the House of Representatives would do its job to fix the 2013 decision by the Supreme Court to gut the Voting Rights Act to protect voters in Shelby vs. Holder by holding a hearing and vote to pass the Voting Rights Advancement Act now.

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