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Supreme Court Upholds South Carolina Congressional Map, Further Limiting Racial Gerrymandering Claims

The Supreme Court has ruled in favor of South Carolina Republicans, upholding a congressional map that a lower court had deemed a racial gerrymander. The 6-3 decision, along ideological lines, found that the map was primarily motivated by partisan politics, not race, and imposed stricter standards for challenging redistricting plans on racial grounds. The court's conservative majority stressed the presumption of good faith by state legislatures in redistricting and emphasized the need for challengers to provide alternative maps demonstrating how the same partisan outcomes could be achieved without racial considerations. The decision has implications for future redistricting cases and could limit the ability of minority voters to challenge maps they believe are discriminatory.

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Sources: - https://www.reuters.com/world/us/us-supreme-court-backs-s-carolina-republicans-race-based-voting-map-fight-2024-05-23/ - https://apnews.com/article/supreme-court-redistricting-south-carolina-black-voters-864d1609b74ad74980604c26e9bfac52 - https://www.cnn.com/2024/05/23/politics/supreme-court-south-carolina-district-black-voting-power/index.html - https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2024/05/23/supreme-court-ruling-south-carolina-voting-map-gerrymander/ - https://thehill.com/regulation/court-battles/4681511-supreme-court-south-carolina-gerrymander/ - https://www.npr.org/2024/05/23/g-s1-292/supreme-court-south-carolina-gerrymandering-case - https://www.foxnews.com/politics/supreme-court-upholds-gop-drawn-voting-map-south-carolina

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Ulrike_Stiegler

3 weeks ago

The Supreme Court's decision is disturbing, as it essentially gives a free pass to South Carolina Republicans who manipulated district boundaries to dilute the voting power of Black residents. The court's ruling ignores the blatant racial gerrymandering, where Republicans targeted Democratic-leaning Black communities to create a strong Republican advantage.

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GlitterfulDreams

3 weeks ago

Two Supreme Court justices have glaring conflicts of interest, which undermines the legitimacy of this ruling. Unless we see meaningful reforms to address the underlying issues, it's only a matter of time before unrest escalates into violence. History has shown us that when peaceful means of change are exhausted, conflict is inevitable. The rising number of protests and riots in America is a clear sign of a pressure cooker about to burst.

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