The Latino Action Network applauds the decision of the U.S. District Court of New Jersey on Tuesday to ensure that all future candidates for office are treated fairly when boundaries are redrawn based on legislative redistricting. The decision, written by Judge Dickinson Debevoise, rejects the reasoning of the recent New Jersey Supreme Court decision invalidating the election of Assemblywoman Gabriela Mosquera.
“The federal court’s decision lays out clear and fair rules for New Jersey’s legislative elections going forward,” said Latino Action Network President Frank Argote-Freyre. “These rules will benefit all candidates and allow anyone who wants to run for office – including Latinos who are drastically underrepresented in the New Jersey Legislature – to run for office knowing the rules of the election will not be changed after the fact.”
The decision vindicates the position of the Latino Action Network, which joined the New Jersey Democratic State Committee, the Communications Workers of America, AFL-CIO, the Latino Coalition Of Monmouth County, Women’s Political Caucus of NJ, and the Latinas United For Political Empowerment Political Action Committee in the litigation to oppose the Attorney General’s request for the federal court to allow the state’s one-year residency requirement to “apply” to districts drawn after redistricting – districts that only would have existed for seven months.
“The Attorney General’s request would have produced chaos – potentially leading to yet more losing candidates challenging elections after the fact,” Argote-Freyre added. “The foundation of fair voting is predictability and clarity, and Judge Debevoise’s order provides that.”
The Latino Action Network is a statewide grassroots organization composed of individuals and organizations that are committed to engaging in collective action at the local, state and national levels in order to advance the equitable inclusion of the diverse Latino communities in all aspects of United States society.