U.S. Supreme Court lets Alabama use electoral map faulted for racial bias

The United States Supreme Court granted Alabama permission to use a Republican-backed map of the state's congressional districts that a lower court found likely discriminates against Black voters, handing Republicans an important victory as they seek to retake control of Congress in the Nov. 8 elections.
The court allowed an emergency plea by Alabama's Republican Secretary of State John Merrill and two Republican legislators to stay lower court injunctions directing the state's Republican-led legislature to redraw the map in a 5-4 ruling.
Five of the six conservative justices were in the majority, with conservative Chief Justice John Roberts dissenting alongside the court's three liberal members. The court also stated that it will hear and rule on the Alabama case on the Arguments are planned in the fall, with a judgment likely by June 2023.
The map establishing the borders of Alabama's seven U.S. House of Representatives districts had already been authorized by the state legislature.
On Jan. 24, a panel of three federal judges ruled that the map illegally denied Black voters access to an additional House district in which they could be a majority or close to it, likely in violation of the Voting Rights Act, a landmark 1965 federal law that prohibited racial discrimination in voting.
Democrats control the House by a razor-thin margin, making every seat critical in the Republican effort to reclaim a majority.
The Alabama disagreement echoes a long-running battle between Democrats and Republicans over voting rights. Republicans have been blamed by Democrats.
Last November, Alabama's legislature approved the most recent layout of the state's seven House districts. Several lawsuits were brought against the plan, including one by a group of Black voters and another by a group of voters who joined forces with the Alabama NAACP civil rights organization.
Conservative Justice Brett Kavanaugh said in a written opinion that the lower court banned Alabama's plan because it was too near to the 2022 election, which violated Supreme Court precedent.
"Late judicial fiddling with election rules, among other things, can cause upheaval and unintended and unjust repercussions for candidates, political parties, and voters," Kavanaugh said.

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