The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling Thursday in favor of Black voters in Alabama’s congressional districts map case has advocates in Louisiana who believe the state should have two Black-majority congressional districts extremely hopeful.
“This decision by the court affirms 40 years of judicial precedent that says the political process must be equally open to minority voters. This is a good day for our country but paves a good way for voters in Louisiana as well,” said Urban League of Louisiana Vice President of Policy Tyrone Walker.
Because 33% of the state’s population is Black, advocacy groups argue that one majority-Black district out of six is not enough, there should be two majority-Black districts.
As to when the high court will rule on Louisiana’s congressional maps, Walker said legal experts agree that the court’s decision in the Alabama case gives a clear pathway for fair maps in Louisiana.
“They’re striking similarities in this Supreme Court case related to voting rights maps in Louisiana,” said Walker.
Walker said the Urban League of Louisiana is urging Governor John Bel Edwards to immediately call a special session so the maps can be redrawn.
“We don’t have to wait for the current cases that are before the Supreme Court involving these bad maps in Louisiana. Our legislature has the power right now to do what’s right,” said Walker.
Slidell Republican, and gubernatorial candidate, Senator Sharon Hewitt, who helped craft the GOP-drawn maps told The Advocate ” While she respects the ruling, it’s not a final ruling regarding the congressional maps in Louisiana.