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COURT DECISION
AL Leg Black Caucus v. AL
2015

Full name: Alabama Legislative Black Caucus et al. v. Alabama et al.

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JUSTICES IN MAJORITY
Stephen Breyer
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Elena Kagan
Anthony Kennedy
Sonia Sotomayor

DISSENTING
Samuel Alito
John G. Roberts
Antonin Scalia
Clarence Thomas

Note: Court justices do not represent any political party. The color of each judge's name represents the political party of the president who appointed the judge.

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What is this case about?

This court ruled that Alabama legislators illegally used race as a criteria in determining voting districts in 2012.

AL deliberately tried to reduce black influence

Some of Alabama's voting districts created after the 2010 census had an exceptionally high percentage of black voters.

The 1965 Voting Rights Act calls for districts with a high enough concentration of black voters in order to ensure representation they would choose. However, giving those districts too high of a concentration provides no additional representation, while diluting their influence in other districts.

This type of racial gerrymandering has been ruled to violate the Constitution's Equal Protection Clause.

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