Voting Districts in Alabama Split By Race

A divided Supreme Court must take another look at whether Alabama’s Republican-led legislature relied too heavily on race when it redrew the state’s voting districts. The justices split 5 to 4 today in ruling that a 3 judge panel did not properly consider whether state officials illegally packed black voters into too few voting districts to limit minority political power. State officials say they had no choice but to concentrate black voters in some districts, making neighboring seats more white and apt to elect republicans.


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