From the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee:
From Florida, to California, to Colorado, to Texas, Republicans are attempting to hold onto power by any means necessary. On December 1, 2003, the GOP’s plan to RE-redistrict congressional boundaries in Colorado was stuck down by the Colorado Supreme Court which stated clearly: “the Colorado Constitution requires the General Assembly to redistrict after each census and before the ensuing general election, and does not allow redistricting at any other time.”
But even as Colorado rejected this blatant GOP power grab, House Majority Leader Tom DeLay and White House master strategist Karl Rove are attempting to force through an even bigger RE-redistricting plan in Texas. John Ashcroft’s Department of Justice is believed to be within days of “pre-clearing” the proposed GOP plan that would suppress the voting strength of up to 3.6 million Hispanic and African-American voters.
The NAACP, The Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF), the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) and the American GI Forum have filed suit in U.S. federal court to stop this unconscionable attempt by the GOP to undermine the integrity of our electoral system in order to consolidate their hold on power.
PLEASE VISIT www.DemocraticAction.org and sign our petition demanding that John Ashcroft allow Justice Dept. voting rights professionals – and not partisan political appointees – to rule on the GOP plan.