For Immediate Release:
April 4, 2016
Emily Kessel, NAKASEC, email@example.com
Nayoung Ha, KRCC, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jinkyung Park, KRC, email@example.com
KRCC and Affiliates Commend Supreme Court’s Affirmation of ‘One-Person, One-Vote’
WASHINGTON DC —The Supreme Court unanimously voted to rule that states can continue to draw legislative districts based on census population data regardless of whether or not individuals are eligible to vote. By upholding the ‘One-Person, One-Vote’ principle, justices blocked efforts to count only eligible voters in determining state and municipal voting districts.
Had the justices ruled that only eligible voters could be counted, the ruling would have rendered non-voting populations including children and non-citizen immigrants effectively invisible. States and cities with large numbers of immigrants such as Texas, California, New York, New Jersey, Arizona, and Nevada would have had the greatest impact.
The National Korean American Service and Education Consortium (NAKASEC), Korean American Resource and Cultural Center (KRCC), and Korean Resource Center (KRC) commend the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold ‘One-Person, One-Vote’ principle as a victory for voting rights and immigrants in the United States.
NAKASEC Executive Director Dae Joong Yoon, KRCC Executive Director Inhe Choi, and KRC Los Angeles Director Joon Bang, shared the following statement: “Every person deserves to be counted and represented by elected officials regardless of race, age, religion, or immigration status. By continuing to count everyone when drawing election districts, the Supreme Court has strengthened our democracy and reinforced our basic Constitutional values.”
For more information about this ruling, please see: http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/15pdf/14-940_ed9g.pdf