The U.S. Supreme Court has given final approval to the state’s newly redrawn congressional districts.
Today, the nation’s highest court stood by a lower federal court ruling that said the way the South Carolina Legislature redrew state house and congressional districts was fair.
After the 2010 Census, South Carolina got a new seventh district and had to restructure some legislative districts.
In Backus, et al vs. South Carolina, et al, a panel of federal judges ruled against a group of black voters who sued over how GOP lawmakers set up some new districts. Their complaint said new lines weakened the minority vote.
Plaintiffs appealed the decision to the Supreme Court this summer, but the lower courts judgment now stands.