Tired of these arrogant muthaphuckas.
They should have no choice. The design of the districts should be completely out of their hands.
BREAKING: In a win for voters, the U.S. Supreme Court denies Alabama's request to reinstate its illegal congressional map. The lower court will continue the process of drawing a map with two majority-Black districts as litigation moves forward. https://t.co/9NlB1uZL5g pic.twitter.com/P19NuXRqaA
— Democracy Docket (@DemocracyDocket) September 26, 2023
Supreme Court rejects Alabama’s attempt to avoid creating a second Black majority congressional district
Ariane de Vogue Fredreka Schouten
By Ariane de Vogue and Fredreka Schouten, CNN
Updated 11:39 AM EDT, Tue September 26, 2023
The Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected an emergency bid from Alabama, setting the stage for a new congressional map likely to include a second Black majority district to account for the state’s 27% Black population.
The one-line order reflects that the feelings on the court haven’t changed since June when a 5-4 Supreme Court affirmed a lower court that had ordered the state to redraw its seven-seat congressional map to include a second majority-Black district or “something quite close to it.”
The justices’ action will have immediate consequences in Alabama and perhaps nationwide in the 2024 elections. There are currently six Republicans and one Democratic member of Congress from Alabama, but the changing makeup of the districts is likely to mean the state will pick up a new Democratic member of Congress.
Black voters lean Democratic in other states with redistricting battles underway as well.
Attempt to go around June ruling
The case has been closely watched because after the court’s June ruling, Alabama GOP lawmakers again approved a congressional map with only one majority-Black district, seemingly flouting the Supreme Court’s decision that they provide more political representation for the state’s Black residents.
The 5-4 opinion in June was penned by Chief Justice John Roberts, who drew the votes of fellow conservative Justice Brett Kavanaugh as well as the court’s three liberal justices.
Alabama raced to the Supreme Court and asked the court to freeze the lower-court ruling, arguing that its 2023 map passed legal muster even if it didn’t include a second majority-Black district.
Challengers to the map, represented by the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the ACLU and others, had urged the justices to reject the state’s bid arguing that the map in question dilutes the power of Black voters.
They charged the state with “unabashedly” defying an opinion the justices issued just three months ago.
The lawyers likened the actions of the state to “our unfortunate history of States resisting civil rights remedies through laws and practices which, though neutral on their face, serve to maintain the status quo.”
REDRAW THOSE DISTRICTS AND ADD THAT NEW MAJORITY BLACK DISTRICT.
Stop diluting the votes of Black Voters.
The next time someone tells you that litigation won't help protect democracy, show them this.👇https://t.co/cZluxdUAEW
— Marc E. Elias (@marceelias) September 26, 2023
Another big win for democracy, for representative government and rejection of a political party that has given up competing for votes through policy and instead focuses on gerrymandering and suppression. https://t.co/hEi6hoGlLu
— Doug Jones (@DougJones) September 26, 2023
This means that Roberts and Kavanaugh held the line with their Milligan decision and did not appreciate Alabama's attempt to openly defy them. https://t.co/21wU4YIonK
— Elie Mystal (@ElieNYC) September 26, 2023
#BREAKING: Over no public dissents, #SCOTUS *denies* Alabama’s emergency applications to allow it to use a congressional district map with only a single “majority-minority” district; the Court refuses to stay district court rulings that ordered new maps. pic.twitter.com/b0xib2QjbN
— Steve Vladeck (@steve_vladeck) September 26, 2023