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For Immediate Release:
May 23, 2024

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Amanda Priest (334) 322-5694
William Califf (334) 604-3230

(Montgomery, Ala) – Attorney General Steve Marshall praised the United States Supreme Court’s decision today upholding South Carolina’s congressional redistricting plan against a constitutional challenge. Last year, a federal court held that the South Carolina legislature racially gerrymandered the district lines on its 2021 congressional map.

Attorney General Marshall filed a brief with the Supreme Court in support of South Carolina. Alabama’s brief noted that everyone agreed South Carolina’s Republican-majority legislature had a partisan goal and partisan data with which to pursue it. The brief then argued that the district court clearly erred by presuming the legislature acted in bad faith to draw districting lines based on race, not party. Today, the Supreme Court agreed. 

“The Supreme Court has repeatedly recognized that redistricting is difficult and is exclusively the responsibility of the States,” said Attorney General Marshall. “Federal courts should not assume that Republican legislators are up to no good when they adopt a redistricting plan that does not give away political power to Democrats. Doing so invites partisans—in the words of today’s decision—’to seek to transform federal courts into weapons of political warfare that will deliver victories that eluded them in the political arena.’ The Supreme Court’s decision should help cut down on such baseless and divisive accusations.”

Attorneys general of fifteen States joined Attorney General Marshall’s brief in support of South Carolina.

The U.S. Supreme Court opinion can be read here.