Conservative justices seem poised to uphold Alabama’s redistricting plan in Voting Rights Act challenge

In February, a divided Supreme Court temporarily blocked a ruling by a three-judge district court in Alabama, which had agreed that the state’s new congressional map likely violates the Voting Rights Act. After nearly two hours of oral argument on Tuesday, the justices appeared inclined to permanently set aside the district court’s ruling, even if it wasn’t clear on exactly what theory they would do so. But even a narrower ruling than the broad pronouncement the state seeks would, the plaintiffs contend, make it much more difficult to challenge redistricting plans on the ground that they weaken the collective voting power of Black people. Amy Howe, SCOTUSBlog.

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