Supreme Court Rejects Alabama Districting Map 

The majority cites Voting Rights Act in the ruling.

The Supreme Court released the decision on Thursday that the congressional districting map drawn up for Alabama likely violates the Voting Rights Act. The ruling affirmed a lower court order directing the state to establish a new map with an additional district that contained a Black majority.

Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in the majority opinion, “We find Alabama’s new approach to [Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act] compelling neither in theory nor in practice. We accordingly decline to recast our §2 case law as Alabama requests.”

In a dissenting opinion, Justice Clarence Thomas wrote, “A proper redistricting benchmark must be race neutral: It must not assume, a priori, that an acceptable plan should include any particular number or proportion of minority-controlled districts.” 

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For the justices of the Supreme Court as they issue the remaining decisions on this term.
  • For members of the Alabama legislature as they redraw the state’s congressional districts.
  • For judges and justices as they consider cases involving voter and election laws.

Sources: Washington Examiner, The Hill 


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