Former Attorney General Eric Holder announced Thursday that he will lead the fight against gerrymandering through the formation of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee.
Holder made the announcement in a speech at the Center for American Progress in Washington, where he said the goal of the committee will be to “to win back governance.”
“We heard a lot in this past election about rigged systems, but I want to say the biggest rigged system in America is gerrymandering, a system where the lines are drawn not to represent American communities, but benefit politicians, a system where politicians pick their voters,” Holder said.
“This redistricting process will be critical to the future of our democracy,” Holder said in the statement. “Those who control state governments draw the lines that shape Congress for the next decade. Fixing this redistricting problem will involve not just focusing on the lines, but focusing on the larger effort to win back governance. This is the path to ensuring Democrats have their rightful seats at the table in 2021.”
In an interview this week with The New York Times, Holder said President Obama believes Republicans have undermined the political system through gerrymandering and that fighting this will be of “primary concern” for him once he leaves the White House.
“He thinks, and I think, that this is something that threatens our democracy,” he told the Times. “We have a system now where the politicians are picking their voters, as opposed to voters making selections about who they want to represent them.”
A portion of Holder’s speech can be seen below:
H/T: The Hill
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