The Supreme Court of the United States has sided with the Louisiana legislature by upholding the state’s Republican-drawn congressional map.
Previously, a federal judge determined that the map violated the Voting Rights Act and ordered lawmakers to reorganize the state’s six congressional districts to include two districts with a majority of Black voters.
In a brief, one-page ruling, the Supreme Court stated that it would not rule on the subject until next term, which begins in October, because a similar case from Alabama is slated to be considered next term.
Three liberal Justices – Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan – dissented from the Court’s decision.
Jeff Landry, the attorney general of Louisiana, petitioned the Supreme Court to stay the lower court’s decision, arguing that the state’s congressional districts cannot be redrawn to create two majority-black districts without “segregating the races for voting purposes” in violation of court precedent.
Landry stated that allowing the maps would plunge the state “into divisive electoral pandemonium” by causing uncertainty statewide and damaging the “confidence in the integrity of upcoming congressional elections.”
“It is impossible to draw a map without prioritizing race as the predominant factor in order to generate a second majority-minority district, which federal courts have cautioned Louisiana not to do in the past,” he told the judges.
The conflict over freshly redrawn congressional districts has intensified in the months preceding the November midterms and might play a significant role in the 2024 elections.
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Conservative commentator Greg Price noted on Twitter how big of a deal this is for Republicans going into crucial midterms in November. CONTINUE READING…