1. SCOTUS Strikes Down Alabama Maps That Limit Black Voter Power NPR 13:04

By a vote of 5-4, a coalition of liberal and conservative justices essentially upheld the court’s 1986 decision requiring that in states where voting is racially polarized, the legislature must create the maximum number of majority-Black or near-majority-Black congressional districts, using traditional redistricting criteria. The surprise decisions could impact other states’ maps as well.

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