Alabama asks Supreme Court to temporarily block order to redraw congressional maps

The emergency request, sent by Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill, was delivered to Justice Clarence Thomas based on jurisdiction. Thomas will now have the option to decide himself or ask his colleagues to weigh in on the request to issue a temporary injunction on enforcement, which would stay in place while lower court litigation continues.

Secretary of State John Merrill pauses as he speaks to the media after Alabama special election in Montgomery, 阿拉巴马州, 我们。, 十二月. 12, 2017.

Secretary of State John Merrill pauses as he speaks to the media after Alabama special election in Montgomery, 阿拉巴马州, 我们。, 十二月. 12, 2017. (路透社/卡洛·阿莱格里)

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A three-judge federal judicial panel on Thursday had refused to delay enforcement of its order, despite the state indicating it would appeal. That panel had concluded the current map drawn based on the 2020 census figures likely violates the Voting Rights Act by diluting the voting power of minority voters.

The panel ordered the state to redraw its GOP-friendly map to create a second minority voter congressional district.

Representative Terri Sewell, a Democrat from Alabama, applauds during a news conference at the U.S. 华盛顿国会大厦, 直流电, 我们。, 星期二, 八月. 24, 2021.

Representative Terri Sewell, a Democrat from Alabama, applauds during a news conference at the U.S. 华盛顿国会大厦, 直流电, 我们。, 星期二, 八月. 24, 2021. (Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

The state’s current congressional delegation has only one Black representative, 民主党代表. Terri Sewell, who represents Alabama’s 7th congressional district, the only Black majority district in the Yellowhammer State.

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Should this case, or a similar appeal from another state, reach the high court for final review on a legal fast-track, it could lead to a fresh look at Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which prohibits voting practices or procedures that discriminate on the basis of race, color or membership in an assortment of language minority groups.

最新的 census indicated Alabama’s population is roughly 27% 黑色.

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