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Court says South Carolina Can Use Current Congressional Map

Judges say the Supreme Court has taken too long to decide challenge to 1st District lines. (Click image for article.)
UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 29: Rep. Nancy Mace, R-S.C., is seen outside the U.S. Capitol after the House passed a continuing resolution to fund the government through March 8th, on Thursday, February 29, 2024. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Photo: South Carolina Republican Rep. Nancy Mace is seen outside the Capitol on Feb. 29, 2024. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

 

South Carolina can use its current congressional map for the fall election, a panel of federal judges ruled Thursday, finding the Supreme Court has taken too long to decide an appeal over a ruling that the map is likely unconstitutional.

Last year, the three-judge panel found the state’s congressional map likely was unconstitutional because it racially gerrymandered Black voters out of the state’s 1st District, currently held by Republican Rep. Nancy Mace.

State legislators appealed to the Supreme Court, which heard oral arguments in the fall. Both sides initially asked the justices for a quick decision in the case, so that a new map could be implemented before this year’s elections.

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