Lawmakers redraw SC House cards to settle discrimination lawsuit | WFAE 90.7
A settlement of a redistricting lawsuit has added drawing new maps of the South Carolina House to the list of things state lawmakers must do in the last three days of the General Assembly session this week.
The House agreed to redraw maps that include areas around Orangeburg County, areas around Richland and Kershaw counties, and areas around Horry and Dillon counties, according to American Civil Liberties Union court documents. and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, which continued over the cards.
If the maps are successfully redrawn, they will not be able to come into effect until the 2024 elections because the filing of candidacies has already been completed for the June 14 primaries.
The lawsuit said the South Carolina House cards intentionally diluted the number of black voters in 29 districts. A lawsuit filed by the two civil rights groups over the US house cards continues.
The House will take a bill already on the floor and amend it with the new maps and send it to the Senate in hopes the bill can be passed before the end of the regular session on May 12. The settlement will be voided and the trial will continue if they fail.
The settlement is a victory for South Carolina’s black community, but is only a first step in providing African Americans with fair voting rights, South Carolina NAACP President Brenda Murphy said. in a press release.
“Today marks a historic occasion: our political leaders have listened to our grievances and are working to create a more equitable political landscape. We have successfully challenged our government for increased political access,” Murphy said.