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GOP-lead legislators fighting back despite SCOTUS ruling on redistricting maps

Posted by Sara Cooper | Aug 23, 2023 | 0 Comments

Alabama is not giving up without a fight it seems, with in the process of court hearing and arguments made about its congressional voting districts.

In June, the state lost at the Supreme Court, with the upholding of the lower court's ruling that the congressional map used last year in Alabama for midterm elections had violated the Voting Rights Act due to its constituent dilution of Black voters improperly represented.

According to NPR, “The remedy the three-judge panel ordered was a new map with two districts where Black voters have a realistic opportunity of electing their preferred candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives, and with the racially polarized voting in Alabama, the two districts focused on will need a majority of Black Alabamians within voting age or an amount close to it.”

One majority-Black district in the new redistricting plan made by the state is there, another only have a little under 40 percent, not meeting the court's requirements.

Alabama says it is not planning to put up a fight on those specific points.

After signing the map into law, Governor Kay Ivey stated that, “The Legislature knows our state, our people and our districts better than the federal courts or activist groups."

The concerns here are that will the state follow federal court orders and will this redistricting lawsuit be purposefully extended out into next year's elections, with the hopes that Democrat Party can successfully win the House in Alabama and other states with their redistricting battles for proper outlook.

Alabama's resistance to the panel's order for a map with two opportunity districts for Black voters, McCrary, a former historian in the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division who now teaches at the George Washington University Law School says, continues a long history of the state looking for every possible way not to follow a federal court's order when it comes to the voting rights of people of color. "Alabama has been wasting people's time for decades trying to do things that are unlikely to prevail. And it's doing so yet again," McCrary says. This fight isn't over, and more updates are yet to come.

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