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The emergency request, despatched by Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill, was delivered to Justice Clarence Thomas primarily based on jurisdiction. Thomas will now have the choice to determine himself or ask his colleagues to weigh in on the request to situation a short lived injunction on enforcement, which might keep in place whereas decrease court docket litigation continues.
A 3-judge federal judicial panel on Thursday had refused to delay enforcement of its order, regardless of the state indicating it might attraction. That panel had concluded the present map drawn primarily based on the 2020 census figures seemingly violates the Voting Rights Act by diluting the voting energy of minority voters.
The panel ordered the state to redraw its GOP-friendly map to create a second minority voter congressional district.
The state’s present congressional delegation has just one Black consultant, Democrat Rep. Terri Sewell, who represents Alabama’s seventh congressional district, the one Black majority district within the Yellowhammer State.
Ought to this case, or the same attraction from one other state, attain the excessive court docket for closing evaluation on a authorized fast-track, it might result in a contemporary take a look at Part 2 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which prohibits voting practices or procedures that discriminate on the idea of race, shade or membership in an assortment of language minority teams.
The most recent census indicated Alabama’s inhabitants is roughly 27% Black.