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Obama-Appointed Judge Rules In Favor Of Republicans In Georgia

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A federal judge appointed by Barack Obama upheld Republicans’ redrawn congressional maps in Georgia, following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the Voting Rights Act.

“The court finds that the general assembly fully complied with this court’s order requiring the creation of Black-majority districts in the regions of the state where vote dilution was found,” U.S. District Judge Steve Jones wrote.

The decision is likely to maintain the GOP’s 9-5 advantage in the state’s 14 U.S. House seats. (Trending: Ex-Marine Imprisoned In Russia Sends Message To Biden)

The ruling required the creation of additional majority-black districts.

This issue arose after the Supreme Court’s ruling on an Alabama Congressional map, which was deemed discriminatory.

“A district is not equally open, in other words, when minority voters face – unlike their majority peers – bloc voting along racial lines, arising against the backdrop of substantial racial discrimination within the State, that renders a minority vote unequal to a vote by a nonminority voter,” Chief Justice John Roberts wrote.

The ruling was split, with justices on both sides providing differing interpretations of the Voting Rights Act’s application to redistricting.

“At the outset, I would resolve these cases in a way that would not require the Federal Judiciary to decide the correct racial apportionment of Alabama’s congressional seats,” Justice Clarence Thomas wrote.

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