The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the Voting Rights Act in an Alabama redistricting case with a 5 to 4 vote, supporting a 1986 decision maintaining protections for majority Black or near-majority Black congressional districts.
The big picture: The conservative court has previously gutted provisions of the Voting Rights Act, but this unexpected ruling essentially halts that process.
* Alabama’s controversial redistricting plan had come under scrutiny for essentially undermining minority voting power.
Details: A three-judge district court previously ruled that Alabama should have created two compact congressional districts with a majority or near-majority of Black voters, citing vote dilution.
* The state had appealed, arguing that the drawn district lines were race-neutral.
Outcome: The Supreme Court agreed with the need for a second majority Black congressional district, upholding the Voting Rights Act and its precedence.
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