Depending on who you listen to, today the Supreme Court either ruled against racist gerrymandering or decided that it’s sometimes ok. Virginia’s governor, Terry McAuliffe, seems to think there’s good news in the result.
The case they’re referring to is Bethune-Hill et al. v. Virginia State Board of Elections et al. and SCOTUS released its opinion this morning. The opinion states, “The District Court employed an incorrect legal standard in determining that race did not predominate in 11 of the 12 districts,” which seems like a win. But it also states, “the record here supports the State’s conclusion that this was an instance where a 55% [Black Voting Age Population] was necessary for black voters to have a functional working majority.”
There should be some clearer reporting on what the ruling does and doesn’t mean by Thursday and in the meantime, all the documents are on SCOTUSblog.
On that, stay tuned.