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What Black Voters Should Know About the Legal Battles Over Redistricting

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected Alabama’s attempts to prevent the redrawing of the state’s congressional map, meaning that the process of creating new district lines will continue. Earlier this month, federal judges struck down Alabama’s new map, saying that it ignored the high court’s directive to design a second majority-Black district or “something […]

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North Carolina Judges’ Rulings Are a ‘Gut Punch’ to Black Residents

Voting rights advocates are undaunted by the blows that the Republican-controlled North Carolina Supreme Court has struck against access to the ballot box and fair representation — and that will disproportionately disadvantage Black people in the state. “This is where SNCC [the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee] was founded. This is where Ella Baker grew up,” […]

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How Gerrymandering Hurt Black Voters in the Midterms

A record number of Black candidates ran for seats in Congress this week, hoping to increase representation in a predominately white legislature. But only a fraction of Black candidates won their races on Nov. 8.  One possible explanation: gerrymandering.   In Florida, incumbent Rep. Al Lawson, a Democrat who served in Congress since 2017, lost his […]