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Redistricting Preclearance is (Mostly) Gone. Now What? BGOV Q&A

Aug. 12, 2021, 5:19 PM

For the first time in half a century, the U.S. Department of Justice doesn’t have a first say over the fairness of new district maps in states with a history of Jim Crow laws and discrimination against racial minorities.

The congressional and statehouse district lines that will be redrawn now that Census data has been released won’t have to be vetted in Washington because a 2013 Supreme Court decision in Shelby County v. Holder ended a requirement known as preclearance.

The result could be a lot more lawsuits.

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