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Alabama Is Defying the Supreme Court on Voting Rights

Posted on AllSides July 28th, 2023
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Voting Rights and Voter Fraud, Alabama, Supreme Court, Gerrymandering, Redistricting
Illustration by Ben Kothe / The Atlantic

Supreme Court rulings are meant to be the law of the land, but Alabama is taking its recent opinion on the Voting Rights Act as a mere recommendation. In an echo of mid-century southern defiance of school desegregation, the Yellowhammer State’s Republican-controlled legislature defied the conservative-dominated Court’s directive to redraw its congressional map with an additional Black-majority district.

Openly defying a Supreme Court order is rare—almost as rare as conservative justices recognizing that the Fifteenth Amendment outlaws racial discrimination in voting. Under Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, states are sometimes required to draw districts with majority-minority...

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