On October 4, 2022 the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in Merrill v. Milligan.
Following the 2020 Census, the Alabama Legislature redrew its congressional district lines to account for shifts in the state’s population. With these new lines, only one of the state’s seven congressional districts was majority-minority. Several plaintiffs sued, asserting the districts violated Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, and sought the creation of an additional majority-minority district to account for the growing African American population in Alabama.
The District Court enjoined the districts, holding that they violated the VRA. Alabama appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, which granted Certiorari and stayed the district court's injunctions.
David Warrington, Partner, Dhillon Law Group Inc.
Moderator: Michael Dimino, Professor of Law, Widener University Commonwealth Law School
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