The United States Supreme Court granted a request from Alabama to reinstate its electoral map… for now.
A lower court originally ruled that the map, which produces a House delegation of 6 white Republicans and 1 black Democrat, disadvantaged black voters.
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The Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, voted to reinstate the map while the case proceeds before the court.
This means the court’s decision to allow the law to take effect is only temporary and could be struck down when the case is decided.
The majority consisting of Kavanaugh, Gorsuch, Barrett, Alito, and Thomas voted to allow the map to stay in effect and provided no rationale. Breyer, Kagan, Sotomayor, and Roberts dissented.
In a separate dissent Robert, the conservative Chief Justice wrote that the court in Birmingham made the proper order under current law and should remain in effect for the 2022 midterms.
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