Today, LDF, the ACLU, the ACLU of South Carolina, and the South Carolina NAACP sent letters to the South Carolina Association of Counties (SCAC) and the South Carolina House Judiciary Committee outlining concerns about the redistricting process, lack of transparency, and several components of proposed maps. In the letter to the South Carolina Association of Counties, LDF and partners address incomplete or inaccurate information presented to SCAC members and correct official misreadings of federal caselaw. The letter is a follow-up to an August 24, 2021 letter sent by LDF and partners reminding counties of their obligations under Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act and the Constitution, and recommendations for transparency in the redistricting process. The letter sent to the South Carolina House Judiciary Committee outlines similar concerns and offers additional comments on the House’s proposed redistricting plan for the 124 members of the South Carolina House of Representatives, as amended by the House on November 16. Despite the amendments made, LDF, the ACLU, the ACLU of South Carolina and the SC NAACP continue to have concerns about the maps components and the lack of transparency throughout the redistricting process.
Read the full letter to the South Carolina Association of Counties here.
Read the full letter to the South Carolina House Judiciary Committee here.
LDF has been closely monitoring the redistricting processes in South Carolina and other key states to prevent discriminatory redistricting plans and ensure that legislatures comply with their obligations under the Voting Rights Act and the U.S. Constitution. Read more about LDF’s redistricting work here.
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