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Alabama and Georgia Defy Federal Courts on Redistricting

Alabama and Georgia Defy Federal Courts on Redistricting

When, earlier this year, Alabama simply refused to draw congressional maps that complied with a federal court order, the decision looked like an outlier—a disturbing one, but an outlier nonetheless. Now it’s starting to look more like an early warning. On Friday, the Georgia state legislature released maps that appear to defy a federal judge’s ruling. Meanwhile, legislators in Louisiana have had their deadline extended to fix congressional districts that also didn’t pass judicial review. All three of these states have Republican-led legislatures (and once Louisiana’s new governor is sworn in, next month, it will have GOP executives, too), and all three cases involve maps for U.S. Congress that judges have struck down as unfairly diluting Black voters’ influence under the Voting Rights Act. Because Black voters are heavily Democratic, maps that give them more sway could help decide control of the U.S. House in 2025, so it’s easy to see why Republicans would be unhappy about rules requiring them to alter maps in that way. But their actions have extended beyond expressions of dismay …