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Court weighs role of race in Alabama redistricting

4 years 11 months 1 week ago Wednesday, November 12 2014 Nov 12, 2014 November 12, 2014 10:40 AM November 12, 2014 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Mark Sherman

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court is considering a dispute over the use of race to redraw political districts that turns the usual arguments on their heads.

Alabama is telling the justices in arguments Wednesday that it had no choice but to concentrate black voters in some legislative districts, making the neighboring seats more white and apt to elect Republicans.

African-Americans challenging the state's Republican-drawn maps argue that black voters should have been somewhat dispersed to increase their influence in elections.

Justice Antonin Scalia asked whether a lawyer for the black voters was aware he was making the same argument opponents of minority voting rights used to make.

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