Supreme Court Says No to New Voter Map

( – In a 5-to-4 ruling and in what many on the left are deeming an unexpected reaffirmation of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the Supreme Court ruled that Alabama’s current district framework violates the decades-old act and that the state must create an additional minority-majority district. Countering all but one of the court’s known conservative justices and writing the majority opinion was Chief Justice John Roberts, who was joined by liberal Justices Sotomayor, Kagan, and Brown Jackson.

While Roberts is often portrayed as anything but progressive, he has sided with his liberal counterparts on the court a number of times, casting a pivotal vote in each case. In June’s Allen v. Milligan decision, Robert’s vote was coupled with a concurring opinion from Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who himself typically leans with the conservative members of the court.

As to the ruling at hand and following a census at the start of the decade, Republican legislators had redrawn Alabama’s voting map, leaving one majority-Black district in a state where Black voters number 26 percent. The state itself has seven distinct voting districts. The state is now required to create another district in which Black voters will be allowed to elect new representatives.

As such, the Supreme Court’s ruling will not be confined only to Alabama. Democrats, intent on taking back the House, now have Louisiana and Georgia in their crosshairs. A native of Georgia and an African-American conservative, Justice Clarence Thomas, completes the trifecta of irony in June’s ruling.

Thomas was joined by Justices Alito, Gorsuch, and Barrett in his dissenting opinion. Thomas not only dissented, but he did so in a scathing 51-page rebuttal to his peers on the court.

These cases “are yet another installment in the ‘disastrous misadventure’ of this Court’s voting rights jurisprudence,” he said.

Justice Thomas was adamant throughout his opinion that race should play no part in the implementation of voting districts.

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