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OCA Pleased With Supreme Court Decision to Affirm ‘One Person, One Vote’

Monday, April 4, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Nick Lee
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

4 April 2016

CONTACT: Nick Lee | Communications Associate

202 223 5500 | nlee@ocanational.org

WASHINGTON, D.C. – OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates is pleased with today’s Supreme Court decision to affirm the ‘one-person, one-vote’ standard.

Earlier today, the Supreme Court affirmed the ‘one-person, one-vote’ standard after a challenge by two plaintiffs from Texas that sought to disenfranchise children, immigrants, and the incarcerated by redrawing district lines based on voting-eligible population rather than total population.

“We are pleased that the Supreme Court upheld over five decades of precedent to ensure that all Americans are properly represented in our political system,” said Leslie Moe-Kaiser, OCA National President. “This suit was designed with one purpose in mind: to disenfranchise immigrants, children, and the incarcerated. If the plaintiffs were successful in undermining ‘one person, one vote’, this would have effectively said that these vulnerable groups do not matter in our society, and opened the door to harmful redistricting plans across the country. Make no mistake, this suit was gamesmanship designed to undermine critically important voting rights for a modicum of political gain, and we are glad to see it rebuffed.”

“As an organization that helps immigrants become citizens and Asian American and Pacific Islanders exercise their right to vote, this ruling comes as a welcome affirmation of the voting rights that we hold sacred,” said Cecil Fong, OCA - Houston Chapter President. “Redistricting based on eligible voters would have a particularly pernicious effect on the Asian American community in Houston, which has doubled in the last 20 years, a demographic shift largely fueled by immigrants whom this challenge sought to disenfranchise. By upholding the current redistricting plans, we will continue to be able to advocate for policies affecting our community through our representatives who are elected to serve all residents within their district, including those who are not yet eligible to vote.”

OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates is a national organization of community advocates dedicated to improving the social, political, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans (APAs).

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