Supreme Court blocks drawing new majority-Black voting district in Louisiana

Published: Jun. 28, 2022 at 3:05 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 28, 2022 at 4:32 PM CDT
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WVUE) - The Supreme Court on Tuesday put on hold a lower court ruling that Louisiana must draw new congressional districts before the 2022 elections to increase Black voting power.

The case will be held pending the outcome of a similar Alabama redistricting case the justices will consider when their new term starts in October. In both cases, a lower court said the US Voting Rights Act required creation of an additional heavily Black district.

The high court’s ruling effectively ensures the Republican-drawn map will remain in place for the 2022 elections. The state will hold elections this year under a congressional map with white majorities in five of six districts.

The three liberal justices dissented. The court gave no explanation.

After the ruling came out, the Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus responded, issuing the following statement:

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