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GOP scrutiny of Black districts may deepen after court move

GOP scrutiny of Black districts may deepen after court move
Posted at 6:15 PM, Feb 09, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-10 12:19:22-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Civil rights activists worry that a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling could embolden Republicans to take aim at splitting majority-Black districts and ultimately reduce Black voters’ influence on Capitol Hill. In Florida, GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis took the unusual step last month of asking the state Supreme Court whether a Democrat's plurality-Black congressional district could be broken into whiter — and more Republican — districts. The court on Thursday declined to get involved. While that type of request might typically face steep hurdles under laws meant to protect representation of marginalized communities, the ground rules may be shifting after the high court sided with Republicans in Alabama to block efforts to add a second majority-Black district.