Last week, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court looked at the state's gerrymandered map and laughed at Republicans. The court decided that the districts were absolutely drawn to give the GOP an edge and demanded they redraw the map. The party, angry that they were being told election rigging isn't fun times, appealed the ruling to the conservative-leaning Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) and now their decision is in.
On Monday, the SCOTUS denied a stay in the gerrymandering case. According to the Associated Press:
Justice Samuel Alito, who handles emergency appeals from Pennsylvania, rejected the request from the GOP leaders and voters that the court put on hold an order from the state Supreme Court that could now produce new congressional districts in the coming two weeks.
Justice Alito was appointed to the bench in 2006 by President George W. Bush and has long been considered the "most important" conservative on the court. The fact that he refused the Republican Party's attempts to keep Pennsylvania gerrymandered makes this victory so much sweeter.
While both parties have been known to gerrymander, the Republican Party has become notorious for it in the last ten years or so. Currently, eight out of ten of the most gerrymandered districts in America are GOP districts. It's especially ironic when you think about how often the right-wing claims to care about the integrity of our elections. The reality is the GOP knows that the only way they can win elections is if they suppress voters. So, they have made it a goal to do just that, whether it is by gerrymandering, voter ID laws or by refusing to grant ex-felons the right to vote. Florida, a Republican-held state, recently had their voter suppression rules deemed unconstitutional.
The latest attempt to steal an election just further proves how little respect they have for our democracy.
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