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US Supreme Court requires Louisiana to redraw congressional map to include second majority-Black district

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The US Supreme Court docket removed a stay Monday in Ardoin v. Robinson, unblocking a lower court order requiring Louisiana to redraw its congressional map to incorporate a second majority-Black district. Louisiana had been accused of allegedly “packing” nearly all of the state’s Black voters into one congressional district.

The removing was included in Monday’s order record, which acknowledged: “The keep heretofore entered by the Court docket on June 28, 2022, is vacated. This may permit the matter to proceed earlier than the Court docket of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit for assessment within the abnormal course and upfront of the 2024 congressional elections in Louisiana.”

Mike McClanahan, president of the Louisiana State Convention of the NAACP, celebrated the removing, saying:

The Supreme Court docket’s ruling upholding Part 2 of the Voting Rights Act was welcome information for Black voters in Louisiana who, for many years, have been in a single district that has diluted the ability of their vote and the power to elect candidates of our alternative. As in Alabama, the folks of Louisiana have the legislation on their aspect and the info on their aspect. However the struggle doesn’t finish right here — it’s time for a brand new map with two majority-Black districts that can lastly honor Black voters’ proper to truthful illustration.

Robinson had beforehand been stayed whereas the Supreme Court docket deliberated in an identical case relating to Alabama, Allen v. Milligan. The Supreme Court docket launched its ruling in Milligan on June 8, requiring Alabama to redraw its congressional district maps as a consequence of racial gerrymandering.

The removing of the keep will permit a US Court docket of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruling to go ahead. The Appeals Court docket dominated {that a} US District Court docket for the Center District of Louisiana ruling, which required the redrawing of the Louisiana congressional district map to incorporate the addition of a second majority-Black district, shouldn’t be stayed.

Source / Picture: jurist.org

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