SCOTUS Upholds Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act; Orders Alabama Voting Maps Redrawn in Win for Black Voters


Per NBC:

The Supreme Court on Thursday struck down Republican-drawn congressional districts in Alabama that civil rights activists say discriminated against Black voters in a surprise reaffirmation of the landmark Voting Rights Act.

The court in a 5-4 vote ruled against Alabama, meaning the map of the seven congressional districts, which heavily favors Republicans, will now be redrawn. Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Brett Kavanaugh, both conservatives, joined the court’s three liberals in the majority.

In doing so, the court — which has a 6-3 conservative majority — turned away the state’s effort to make it harder to remedy concerns raised by civil rights advocates that the power of Black voters in states like Alabama is being diluted by dividing voters into districts where white voters dominate.

Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the court’s 5-4 opinion and was joined in part by Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, Ketanji Brown Jackson and Brett Kavanaugh. Four of the court’s conservatives − Justices Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorsuch, Amy Coney Barrett and Sam Alito − dissented.

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