FRANKFORT, KY (1/18/12) – Calling it a chance to discuss “the hard facts, not political spin,” House Speaker Greg Stumbo issued a memorandum today to all House members that further details the differences between the House redistricting plan that was adopted last week and the proposed Republican alternative.
In his memo, Speaker Stumbo pointed out that the Republican plan undercut minority voting rights in state Representative Jesse Crenshaw’s 77th Legislative District in Lexington. Speaker Stumbo noted a case in Ohio where a Federal court struck down an identical redistricting plan, and also cited a case in Tennessee requiring protection of “minority influenced” districts.
Speaker Stumbo also quoted from a United States Supreme Court case holding that damage to voting rights in one area cannot be remedied by creating minority districts elsewhere in the state.
Speaker Stumbo added that the redistricting manual used by all states notes that the definition of a minority population includes not just African Americans but Hispanics, Native Americans and Asian citizens as well.
In ending, Speaker Stumbo said that “we should be proud of our efforts, and stand strong together to protect the rights of every Kentuckian, regardless of race, gender or creed.”
Information provided by Brian Wilkerson
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