Federal Judge Rejects Alabama Congressional Map

Another GOP redistricting map has been shot down by the courts.

A federal judge rejected the new maps for Alabama.

Once again, race was cited as the main issue.

The Precedent

So, there is a precedent on this matter.

It stated that while race can be an influencer in drawing district maps, it cannot be the sole motivator.

That, however, is what the judges cited, pointing to Biden’s new Voting Rights Act.

The maps were rejected because lawmakers were told they needed to create an entire district of black voters, which sounds an awful lot like segregation to me.

In the decision, the judges, two of whom were appointed by Donald Trump, stated, “We have now said twice that this Voting Rights Act case is not close.

“And we are deeply troubled that the State enacted a map that the State readily admits does not provide the remedy we said federal law requires.”

They added, “The Voting Rights Act does not provide a leg up for Black voters – it merely prevents them from being kept down with regard to what is arguably the most ‘fundamental political right,’ in that it is ‘preservative of all rights’ – the right to vote.”

Alabama Attorney General Steven Marshall responded, “While we are disappointed in today’s decision, we strongly believe that the Legislature’s map complies with the Voting Rights Act and the recent decision of the U.S. Supreme Court.

“We intend to promptly seek review from the Supreme Court to ensure that the State can use its lawful congressional districts in 2024 and beyond.”

This will wind up before the Supreme Court, so we will have to see if the 1995 precedent holds or if the justices waiver due to the Voting Rights Act.

Source: CNN

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