Supreme Court Just Handed Democrats a Dangerous Political Weapon

Supreme Court Just Handed Democrats a Dangerous Political Weapon

( – Political strategists on both sides of the aisle are wondering whether a Supreme Court decision handed down on June 8 in the case of Allen v Milligan will ultimately change the political composition of the US House of Representatives. The Alabama districting case ruling surprised many court watchers, and pundits warn that application of the decision to pending cases in other jurisdictions might have handed Democrats a dangerous political weapon.

In a close five to four decision, the High Court upheld a lower court’s opinion that Alabama’s districting map for the 2022 elections likely violated Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act (VRA), which doesn’t allow districts to enact voting practices that would discriminate against constituents based on race, color, or language. Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the court’s majority opinion, finding that Alabama diluted the power of black voters in the state because of how the legislature had drawn districts.

Republicans won in six of the seven districts in the 2022 elections. A Democrat won in the lone majority black district. Based on the SCOTUS ruling, Alabama must redraw its district maps to accommodate at least two majority Black districts. On that basis, strategists predict a Democrat will replace one Republican lawmaker.

Moreover, the Supreme Court ruling doesn’t just apply to Alabama. Section 2 VRA cases are pending in other courts — many were waiting to see the outcome in the Allen case before ruling. Democracy Docket listed legal actions filed in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, North Dakota, Texas, and Washington.

Allen v. Milligan could act like the first in a long line of dominos, resulting in a significant number of Democrats potentially replacing Republicans in the House of Representatives because of forced redistricting. The majority of the 63 active cases fall in Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas — all states which share histories of adopting racially discriminatory maps, according to Democracy Docket.

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