Tim Phelps reports in GOVERNING about yesterday’s U.S. Supreme Court decision invalidating the Alabama state legislative redistricting plan. He writes:
“The Supreme Court delivered a rare victory for minority voting rights Wednesday, finding that a 2012 Alabama redistricting plan appeared to violate federal law by shifting black voters into districts they already dominated to dilute their influence elsewhere.”
This decision basically underscores the need for district specific racial voting analysis. There is no “one percentage fits all” rule adopted by many states after 2010. The decision also mentions the mindless drive to reach +/- 1% deviation at the state level.