Resolution on Gerrymandering

WHEREAS in 2012 Republican candidates for the House of Representatives won a majority of seats (234 to 201) despite receiving 1.4 million fewer votes than Democratic candidates, as a result of gerrymandered districts in Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin, and the Republican National Committee now seeks to have Presidential electoral votes awarded based on gerrymandered districts, and

WHEREAS, a Republican State Leadership Committee report brags that this was a result of intentional gerrymandering, and in order to discriminate against Democratic voters, Republicans have intentionally discriminated against minorities, and

WHEREAS all states are subject to the anti-discrimination provisions of national civil rights and voting rights laws, California voters achieved unbiased districting by approving an initiative which created an independent citizens' redistricting commission, and Florida, Michigan and Ohio have an initiative process for amending their state constitution,

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Democratic Club of Claremont urges the Justice Department to place a high priority on legal action to eliminate discriminatory gerrymanders in all states in which they have occurred, and urges the Democratic National Committee to eliminate gerrymanders by organizing and funding initiative drives in states where that is an option, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Democratic Club of Claremont will communicate this resolution to the Los Angeles County Democratic Party, the California Democratic Party, the Democratic National Committee, President Barack Obama, and Attorney General Eric Holder.

Approved by the Democratic Club of Claremont, February 25, 2013