Court Blocks Major Decision By Republican State

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( – On Tuesday a three-judge panel in Alabama struck down the new congressional map on the grounds that it did not follow the directive given by the Supreme Court. This ruling will allow for a court-appointed official to be in charge of drawing the new congressional district lines. The new map will be used in the 2024 election.

The office of Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall (R) has stated that they would appeal the Supreme Court’s decision.

In their 196-page opinion, the panel of federal judges noted that this is an “extraordinary” situation as they do not know of any other case where the state legislature, which has received a directive from the Supreme Court, is still declaring their electoral plan which would “unlawfully dilute minority votes.” According to the previous court directive, the state was meant to create a new map that would provide one more opportunity district; however, the state’s new plan does not do so.

The new map was submitted in June following the Supreme Court’s decision to block the previous electoral map.

Following this ruling, the panel will appoint a special master who is going to be responsible for the creation of three new maps by September 25th. The three maps are going to aim to fix the problem regarding the dilution of Black voters and will potentially provide an additional opportunity for the Democrats to retake the House in 2024.

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