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Supreme Court rules against Alabama voter redistricting plan
Supreme Court rules against Alabama voter redistricting plan

The Supreme Court delivered a rare victory for minority voting rights Wednesday, finding that a 2012 Alabama redistricting plan appeared to violate federal law by shifting black voters into districts they already dominated to dilute their influence elsewhere. Justice Stephen G. Breyer, writing for the court, said there was “strong, perhaps overwhelming, evidence” that in at least one state Senate district, race had been used impermissibly as a criteria, and that other districts had apparently been drawn in a similar manner. The case, decided 5 to 4, forced justices for the first time to address complaints by African Americans that a tactic they once advocated to improve...

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