SCOTUS agrees to hear South Carolina gerrymander case

Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar state media]

“The US Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear a bid by South Carolina officials to revive a Republican-crafted voting map that a lower court said had unconstitutionally ‘exiled’ 30,000 [b]lack voters from a closely contested congressional district. The justices took up an appeal by South Carolina officials of a federal judicial panel’s ruling that found the Republican-drawn map had deliberately split up [b]lack neighbourhoods in Charleston County in a ‘stark racial gerrymander’ and ordered the district to be redrawn. Gerrymandering is a practice involving the manipulation of electoral district boundaries to marginalise a certain set of voters and increase the influence of others.” (05/15/23)