WisDems Executive Director Statement On Evenwel v. Abbott
Today, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Evenwel v Abott, a Texas redistricting case that would change how state legislative districts are drawn and deny representation to anyone who isn’t a voter – including every child and minor under 18. The following is the statement of Democratic Party of Wisconsin Executive Director Kory Kozloski on how this case could lead to the loss of political representation for millions of people around the country:
“Today, the highest court in the land will hear oral arguments in a case that threatens our fundamental democratic principle that every single person in American is entitled to equal representation. The Democratic Party of Wisconsin unequivocally supports political representation for each and every person living in communities across the state because every citizen deserves to be counted in democracy even if they cannot vote.
“Evenwel threatens to take representation away from millions of people living in Wisconsin simply because they are ineligible to vote, including children and minors under eighteen with no state-level representation. To be specific, Evenwel would disenfranchise the estimated 1,296,910 young people in Wisconsin, 105,001 of African-Americans; and 135,895 of Hispanics.
“Our democracy is strongest when we count everyone and everyone counts in our democracy.”