Supreme Court reinstates Louisiana election map

Louisiana Republicans scored a major legal victory this week after the Supreme Court reinstated a contested electoral map. 

According to the Washington Examiner, that decision came on Tuesday when the nation’s highest judicial body stayed lower court injunctions that had prevented the map from taking effect.

“The application for stay presented to Justice Alito and by him referred to the Court is granted. The district court’s June 6, 2022, preliminary injunctions … are stayed,” the order read.

“In addition, the application for stay is treated as a petition for a writ of certiorari before judgment, and the petition is granted,” it continued, adding, “The case is held in abeyance pending this Court’s decision.”

Three liberal justices dissent

Application for a stay was referred to the Supreme Court by Justice Samuel Alito. For their part, liberal Justices Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan indicated that they thought the request should have been denied.

Earlier this month, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana ruled that the proposed map was likely in contravention of the Voting Rights Act because it diluted the influence of Louisiana’s black voters.

“The Court concludes that Plaintiffs are substantially likely to prevail on the merits of their claims brought under Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act,” the district court said in its ruling, adding, “Absent injunctive relief, the movants are substantially likely to suffer irreparable harm.”

“The Court has considered the balance of equities and hardships associated with injunctive relief, as well as the public policies attendant to the issuance of injunctive relief, and concludes that injunctive relief is required under the law and the facts of this case,” it concluded.

In its reasoning, the court pointed to the fact that roughly one-third of Louisiana’s population is African American while only one of the map’s six congressional districts is majority black.

Appeals court threw out New York congressional map

Congressional redistricting has been a hotly debated topic following the release of data from 2020’s census. What’s more, Louisiana is not the only state to see its electoral map end up before the courts.

Fox News reported in April that a New York appeals court threw out the state’s congressional map after determining that it had been unconstitutionally gerrymandered to favor Democrats.

A panel of five judges was quoted as saying that “without any Republican input, and the map was adopted by the legislature without a single Republican vote in favor of it.”

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