Resolution challenges district lines
SACRAMENTO — The state Senate on Monday sent a message to the U. S. Supreme Court with a resolution urging the justices not to tamper with the Constitutional principle of “one person, one vote.’’
The resolution involves a Texas lawsuit challenging the way voting districts are drawn.
At issue is whether districts should continue to be based on census population data, which include nonciti- zen immigrants and children. Conservative challengers want the system changed so that only citizens who are eligible to vote are counted.
“Overturning the longheld precedent of ‘ one person, one vote’ would be tantamount to enshrining discrimination and prejudice in the law,” says the resolution, which passed 36- 0.
California Senate President Kevin de León ( D- Los Angeles), author of the resolution, said he was “deeply concerned by the inexplicable decision” by the Supreme Court to hear the case.
Since the court established the principle of “one person, one vote” in 1964, it has ensured that all people in the country have received fair representation, the senator said.
“This challenge now is nothing more than a cynical and transparent effort to turn back the clock on decades of legal precedent and return an unjust and unequal system of redistricting, one that greatly disadvantages diverse and urban communities,’’ De León said.
Switching to electoral districts based on eligible voters would have a major effect on California and other states with large noncitizen populations, as well as on cities like Los Angeles.
De León’s state Senate district, which includes portions of downtown Los Angeles and the city’s Eastside, could be reconfigured to include other parts of the city.
Another Senate leader to express concern was Republican Bob Huff of San Dimas, who heads the GOP caucus. He said all Californians deserve representation.