Supreme Court allows 1 state's election map over Black vote dilution claims

The U.S. Supreme Court has reinstated Alabama's new GOP-drawn congressional map over the objection of civil rights groups and decisions

Of two lower courts finding that it dilutes the influence of Black voters in violation of the Voting Rights Act

The vote to temporarily stay a lower court order blocking the map was 5-4, with Chief Justice John Roberts joining the court's three liberals in dissent

The decision means Alabama will not immediately have to redraw its political lines to include a second majority-Black district

As had been ordered by a District Court judge, allowing the original maps to take effect for midterm elections

At the same time, the Supreme Court's majority said it would take up the Alabama redistricting case on the merits later this year

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