Arizona Eagletarian

Arizona Eagletarian

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Redistricting -- SCOTUS brief filed in Harris case

It's been a very LONGGGG day. I spent it all, from before opening to after closing at the polling place in my home precinct. In person turnout was awfully low. We had only 50 or so voters come in all day.

However, I received a copy of the Jurisdictional Statement filed by Harris et.al. (represented by David Cantelme, Mike Liburdi along with attorneys in DC and LA) with the Supreme Court of the United States to appeal the district court ruling handed down in April this year in favor of the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission. I wanted to post it this evening for your reading enjoyment (j/k).

I'll try to write more about this situation tomorrow. In the meantime, consider that the Shelby County ruling invalidating Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act (the preclearance formula provision) was a consideration in the district court decision. A highlight of Shelby County was Scalia and friends declaring that racial discrimination in America is not the issue it was in the 1960s (when the VRA was first passed by Congress). But Ferguson, Missouri has demonstrated that SCOTUS wasn't necessarily correct in that assessment.

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