Alex Swoyer, Washington Times, June 26, 2023
The Supreme Court on Monday allowed a lower court to consider directing Louisiana to redraw its congressional maps to create two majority Black districts.
The decision, which lifts the high court’s hold on Louisiana’s redistricting case, follows a 5-4 ruling earlier this month that requires Alabama to redraw its congressional maps to create two majority Black districts in accordance with the 1965 Voting Rights Act.
Louisiana and Alabama each had only one majority Black congressional district. Voters in both states sued, arguing that the states should have a second majority Black district, based on 2020 census data.
The district court had ordered Louisiana to redraw its map of six districts to include a second majority Black one after finding that 33% of the state’s population is Black.