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Khadidah Stone is fighting for fair voting rights in her state of Alabama.

Khadidah Stone is fighting for fair voting rights in her state of Alabama.

Photographer: Andi Rice/Bloomberg

Black Voting Districts Are Vanishing as the Supreme Court Gets Out Its Eraser

Justices will decide whether Republican-led Alabama discriminates against Black voters by drawing congressional districts that favor White candidates. The court’s ruling will likely affect other states too.

Once the heart of the Confederacy and the civil rights movement, Alabama is now in the middle of a new racial showdown: a US Supreme Court case that could make it harder for Black candidates to get elected to Congress.

As they open their new term next week, the justices will consider whether Alabama violated the Voting Rights Act by drawing its congressional map in a way that ensures the state will have just one Black representative for the next decade. The court may have tipped its hand in February when it temporarily blocked a ruling that would have required a second heavily Black district for the Nov. 8 election.