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Supreme Court rules on redistricting

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June 26, 2003
Albany-A US Supreme Court ruling on a Georgia case will give states more leeway in drawing political boundaries in areas with heavy black populations.

The district of Albany state senator Michael Meyer Von Bremen was one that led to the legal challenge. A lower court ruled the lines in three districts, including the 12th, reduced black voting strength.

The justices ruled redistricting cases should not focus only on whether minorities can elect a minority candidate.

 "Our point is that, well, to some extent communities of interest should be the issue," said Gary Smith with the Dougherty County Republican Party. "They did it strictly for political partisan reasons, not for the benefit of minorities."

The ruling only affects states that are subject to the 1965 Voting Rights Act, which discourages dilution of minority voting strength.

posted at 10:08 by brannon.stewart@walb.com