PA Democratic Party's Statement on Evenwel v. Abbott

HARRISBURG, PA— The Pennsylvania Democratic Party released the following statement:

Today, the Supreme Court of the United States heard arguments on Evenwel v. Abbott, a case that threatens the democratic principle of "one person, one vote." For decades, this principle has ensured that everyone in America, regardless of who they are or where they live, is entitled to equal representation.
The right to representation is under attack: If Sue Evenwel has her way, states will be forced to omit large segments of their populations from representation when drawing legislative districts, simply because they are not voters.
70 million Americans could become disenfranchised just because they are under 18 or a legal permanent resident. In fact, an estimated 2,688,940 young people in Pennsylvania risk losing representation. This hurts Pennsylvanians, especially young women, African Americans and Hispanic Americans.

This year marked the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, but instead of making progress, we seem to be going backwards. Representation is important, and we can't afford to go back. This case has severe consequences. We are a representative democracy, and we must ensure that our nation's most vulnerable, our youth, are represented in our system.