Supreme Court clears way for Louisiana map with 2 Black districts

By Madison Fernandez | 05/16/2024 06:35 AM EDT

The ruling could be a boon for Democrats and Black voters if the map is used for the November elections.

Rep. Garret Graves (R-La.).

The Supreme Court is putting Rep. Garret Graves' (R-La.) political future in peril. Francis Chung/POLITICO

The Supreme Court has put the effort to redraw Louisiana’s congressional districts for a second time since the 2022 election on ice, clearing the way for a map that includes two majority Black districts.

The ruling is a win for Black voters — and Democrats, who are well-positioned to pick up a new majority Black seat in the deep-red state.

The Supreme Court order cited the principle that states and localities should not change election rules too close to voting. The court’s three liberal justices — Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan and Ketanji Brown Jackson — dissented from the ruling, with Jackson writing that the high court’s intervention was premature.


Louisiana’s long-running fight over its congressional map is the most notable outstanding redistricting question for this November. A series of last-minute redistricting moves across the country ahead of the November election gave Republicans a slight edge, thanks largely to a GOP-led North Carolina gerrymander that all but guaranteed a three-seat pickup for the party.