State Senator Jason Plummer (R-Edwardsville) released the following statement regarding the Madison County Board’s bi-partisan vote to condemn and authorize a challenge to the creation of judicial subdistricts.
“It was very encouraging to see a bipartisan group of Madison County Board members come together to condemn and challenge this recent attempt by the Governor and his legislative allies to gerrymander and remake our local courts,” said State Senator Jason Plummer (R-Edwardsville). “The new subdistrict law was unnecessary and was clearly conceived with nefarious intentions. Even worse, it would disenfranchise tens of thousands of voters in Madison County. During debate in the Senate, sponsors of the law made it clear that they did not consult anyone from Madison County courts or local government, the effort was solely pushed by partisan legislators from this area that are clearly more concerned about empowering and appeasing Springfield insiders than the hardworking people that elected them. This effort violates the rights of Madison County citizens, it literally takes away their ability to participate in local judicial elections and it completely destroys the system of checks and balances between different branches of government that protects the integrity of our democracy. I am glad to see that a bipartisan coalition of County officials are standing up to this overreach. They have my complete support.”