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The Supreme Court on Tuesday cleared Louisiana to use a Republican-drawn congressional map in the fall which a federal district judge has already stated will likely diminish the electoral power of Louisiana’s Black voters.
Per The Washington Post, the justices agreed with a request by the state’s Republican secretary of state to put on hold U.S. District Judge Shelly Dick’s order that the state create a second district where African Americans would have the opportunity to elect a candidate of their choice. An appeals court backed the district court’s decision, but the state legislature refused to redraw the map.
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The Supreme Court majority on Tuesday did not supply a reason for granting the state’s request, as is common in emergency orders. However it noted the court has accepted for the term that begins in October a case from Alabama that raises similar questions about a state’s obligation to manufacture “majority-minority districts” under the Voting Rights Act.
The court’s three liberal justices — Stephen G. Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan — said they would have denied the state’s request. That would have meant new districts before the fall elections.