Michigan Supreme Court dismisses Voting Rights Act challenge of redistricting maps

In a 4-3 decision, the Michigan Supreme Court has dismissed a case brought by the Detroit Legislative Caucus, which charged that the state’s newly drawn district lines illegally disadvantaged Black voters. The Court noted that although the newly drawn lines resulted in a decrease of majority-minority districts, they allowed for “White crossover” voting from White Democrats, which still made the election of candidates of color possible. Three dissenting justices, however, wrote that the Michigan Supreme Court had not provided the plaintiffs with a fair process. This was the first time that a newly formed independent commission of citizens had been tasked with redrawing Michigan’s maps. 

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