SCOTUS Decision Hits Voting Rights: Impact on Black Voters in South Carolina

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Sen. Dick Harpootlian, D-S.C., compares his proposed map of House districts drawn with 2020 Census data to a plan supported by Republicans on Jan. 20, 2022, in Columbia, S.C. A federal court ruled Thursday, March 28, 2024, that this year's congressional elections in South Carolina will be held under a map that it had already deemed unconstitutional and discriminatory against Black voters, with time running out ahead of voting deadlines, and the lack of a decision by the Supreme Court. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Collins, File)
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In a 6-3 vote, the Supreme Court issued a decision that reversed a federal trial court’s unanimous finding that Congressional District 1 in South Carolina’s 2022 map is unconstitutional racial gerrymandering. 

“CD1, as drawn, is racially discriminatory. Black voters were harmed in service of the majority party entrenching itself in power in CD1. To avoid that reality, the majority of the Supreme Court issued a disgraceful decision today.”

That was Leah Aden with the NAACP’s Legal Defense Fund (LDF) reacting to the decision in Alexander v. South Carolina. The LDF says the ruling disregards historical deference to trial court findings and increases the evidentiary burden for plaintiffs proving racial discrimination in voting.

The Supreme Court is seen in Washington, March 26, 2024. A federal court ruled Thursday, March 28, that this year’s congressional elections in South Carolina will be held under a map that it had already deemed unconstitutional and discriminatory against Black voters, with time running out ahead of voting deadlines, and the lack of a decision by the Supreme Court. (AP Photo/Amanda Andrade-Rhoades, File)

The decision, they say, is a setback for Black voters, and effectively sanctions racial discrimination in South Carolina’s redistricting, undermining Black voters’ rights.


Click play to listen to the report from AURN White House Correspondent Ebony McMorris. For more news, follow @E_N_McMorris & @aurnonline.

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