FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 18, 2018
ALLIANCE FOR A BETTER UTAH RESPONDS TO SCOTUS GILL V WHITFORD
Salt Lake City, UT – This morning, the United States Supreme Court declined to issue a substantive ruling in the Gill V Whitford case addressing partisan gerrymandering in Wisconsin. Instead, the Supreme Court has sent the case back to the Wisconsin district court for further review, neither ruling for or against the plaintiff in the case, nor, importantly, dismissing the case. Chase Thomas, policy and advocacy counsel for Alliance for a Better Utah, released the following statement:
“While this decision was not determinative, we are encouraged by the continuation of this case through the Wisconsin district court. The Supreme Court’s deferral of a decision about the Wisconsin maps and the efficiency gap formula means the door in this case, and the efforts to end partisan gerrymandering through the courts, is still very much open. Simply by hearing two cases this year about partisan gerrymandering, the Court has indicated its concern about the damage that extreme gerrymandering does to our democracy. We look forward to continue fighting for a fair redistricting process in Utah.”
Alliance for a Better Utah is a good government advocacy and watchdog organization based in Salt Lake City. The organization works to improve the lives of all Utahns by ensuring balance, transparency, and accountability in Utah politics, policy, and government. More information at www.betterutah.org.