Alabama Republicans File Appeal to Supreme Court Over Gerrymandered Maps

The Supreme Courtroom beforehand upheld an order demanding that Alabama repair maps that diluted Black residents’ voting energy.

Alabama state officers are interesting a call by a federal courtroom that discovered, for a second time, that congressional maps drawn by the state legislature had been in violation of the Voting Rights Act.

After an appellate courtroom dominated that the unique maps, drawn after the decennial federal Census, had been an illegal racial gerrymander, Alabama appealed to the U.S. Supreme Courtroom, which affirmed the decrease courtroom’s ruling. Alabama was subsequently ordered to redraw its districts to create no less than two districts during which Black voters can be the bulk, or “one thing near it,” for the reason that authentic maps diluted Black voter power.

The Republican-controlled state legislature, nevertheless, handed a brand new map that contained just one Black voter-majority district, much like the unique map that was drawn. The courtroom, upon reviewing the brand new map, decided that it was nonetheless a racial gerrymander and ordered {that a} particular grasp and cartographer redraw the congressional boundaries by the top of this month, recognizing that the legislature blatantly defied its order.

Alabama state officers requested the appellate courtroom for a keep of that call, pending its enchantment, on Monday. The federal courtroom refused to challenge that injunction, which resulted within the state interesting to the Supreme Courtroom, asking for an emergency stay until the matter is settled. The Supreme Courtroom will seemingly resolve learn how to reply inside a matter of weeks.

Pressing decision is required, as Alabama has an unusually early primary election date of March 5, 2024, for its congressional races.

Inside its authentic request for a keep, Alabama officers satirically contended that the courtroom’s calls for had been racist — that, by creating two districts that bolstered the voting power of Black voters, such maps would “deliberately segregate Alabamians based mostly on race.” They also contended {that a} “court-drawn map” would create boundaries “that no state may constitutionally enact.”

In its determination denying the movement to remain their order, the three-judge panel stated that the state was unlikely to win its case within the Supreme Courtroom.

The state “has misplaced 3 times already, and a type of losses occurred on enchantment,” the court said in its decision. “We’ve got twice enjoined a plan that features just one majority-Black or Black-opportunity district on the bottom that it seemingly dilutes the votes of Black Alabamians in violation of Part Two of the Voting Rights Act.”

Eric Holder, who served as former President Barack Obama’s legal professional normal and who’s the present chair of the Nationwide Redistricting Basis, decried Alabama officers for making an attempt to take care of maps that had a detrimental affect on Black voters.

“This can be a shameful and boastful continuation of a sordid historical past in Alabama that denies equal rights to Black Alabamians, irrespective of how america Supreme Courtroom guidelines,” he said in a statement.

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