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Supreme Court allows Alabama voting maps that advocates say disenfranchise Black voters

In a 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court cleared the way Monday for Alabama to use its new congressional district map even though a lower court said it violated the Vot

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In a 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court cleared the way Monday for Alabama to use its new congressional district map even though a lower court said it violated the Vot

Highlights

  • The court granted a request from Alabama Republicans to put a hold on the lower court ruling.
  • The case is the first to reach the Supreme Court involving the redrawing of political boundaries with 2020 census results.
  • Blacks account for just over a quarter of the state’s total population but have a voting majority in only one of its seven congressional districts.
  • In a 5-4 vote, the court cleared the way Monday for Alabama to use its new congressional district map even though a lower court said it violated the Voting Rights Act by denying Black voters a new district.
  • Chief Justice John Roberts joined with the three liberal justices in saying the court should not have put the ruling on hold.