Today, a three-judge panel rejected Alabama’s noncompliance with the Voting Rights Act. A special master will redraw the congressional maps and give Black voters the opportunity to elect a candidate of their choice.
A victory for voting rights and democracy!
In a scathing opinion, the court noted it was “deeply troubled that the State enacted a map that the State readily admits does not provide the remedy we said federal law requires.”
This defiance is a continuation of Alabama's sordid history of denying minority citizens their rights.
A victory indeed. But remember, this isn't over. Both sides have the ability to appeal the maps and recent reporting suggests that Alabama Republicans intend to press Justice Brett Kavanaugh to eliminate Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act altogether.
Alabama Political Reporter: Inside Alabama Republicans’ plan to overturn Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act
- The decision by Alabama Republican legislators to seemingly defy a Supreme Court directive to redraw congressional voting maps with a second majority-Black district was part of a larger strategy intended to force the high court to rehear the entire case and strike down Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act altogether, according to numerous sources familiar with the plan.
- APR sources said that Republican lawmakers believe their D.C. connections have “intelligence” that Associate Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who voted with the majority in Milligan, is open to rehearing the case on its merits.