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May 16, 2024

Supreme Court restores Louisiana voting map with majority-Black district

On March 7, 2022, the Supreme Court restored a Louisiana state election map that contains a majority-Black district. This decision came after an emergency appeal was filed by Louisiana's governor and Secretary of State protesting changes made by a lower court. The Supreme Court's decision means the original map, which includes a single majority-Black district out of six total, will be used for the 2022 Congressional elections. The previous modification by the lower court had attempted to create two districts in which Black individuals make up the majority of voters. For future changes, the Supreme Court unanimously sent the case back to the lower court to record findings that are necessary to create any further remedies under federal law. Thus, the high court enables the possibility for potential changes to the Louisiana voting map after the 2022 election cycle.