After watching events in the Tennessee legislature unfold, Eric Holder, the 82nd Attorney General of the United States, summed it up. What happened in Tennessee, he concluded, couldn’t have happened in the absence of gerrymandering.
He said, “Over the past few years, too many in the Republican Party have employed a series of strategies to suppress the voice of the people, from partisan and racial gerrymandering to voter suppression to outright intimidation. Now, without any pretense of justification, they are in Tennessee removing duly elected Democratic lawmakers from office. Make no mistake, these un-American efforts to sabotage our democracy would not be possible without first rigging the electoral maps to prevent free and fair elections where the will of the people might be fully expressed.”
Holder currently serves as the Chairman of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee. Read more about their work here.
Attorney General Holder, my former boss, is our guest today for the Civil Discourse series “Five Questions with….”
In the wake of events of Tennessee, and as we begin to think about voting rights and the election ahead of us in 2024, I can’t think of anyone better to help us understand the state of play in this country and what we can do about it.
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