June 8, 2023

ACS Statement in Response to SCOTUS Decision in Allen v. Milligan

Nancy Rodriguez, media@acslaw.org

Washington, DC – In response to the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision in Allen v. Milligan, the American Constitution Society released the following statements:

“ACS celebrates the Supreme Court’s decision to require Alabama to redraw its racially gerrymandered congressional map in order to create a second majority Black district,” said ACS President Russ Feingold. “A key provision of the Voting Rights Act lives on to fight another day as the Roberts Court chose to adhere – for a change – to decades of its own precedent and uphold Section 2, a critical safeguard for voting rights in this country.”

“Today’s decision is a welcome reprieve to the Roberts Court’s steady erosion of the Voting Rights Act, one of the most successful pieces of civil rights legislation enacted in this country,” said Lindsay Langholz, ACS Senior Director of Policy and Program. “The damage done by this Court’s choice to use the shadow docket last year to allow a racially gerrymandered map to stand for the 2022 midterm elections should not be ignored. Today’s decision does not undo that damage, but we celebrate the victory for the Alabamians whose votes have been illegally diluted and remain hopeful that the voters in Louisiana and future litigants will find redress under Section 2 going forward.”


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