Alexander (was McMaster) v. S.C. State Conf. of the NAACP
No. 3:21-cv-03302 (D.S.C.), No. 22-807 (S. Ct.)
A federal court challenge alleging malapportionment and anticipating legislative failure to timely redraw the lines after the 2020 Census. After lines were drawn, plaintiffs amended their complaint to challenge the state House and congressional plans as unjustifiably based predominantly on race and as intentionally racially discriminatory.
On June 17, 2022, as a means to settle the claims over the state House, the Governor signed new state House lines passed by the legislature, effective for the 2024 elections.
On Jan. 6, 2023, the three-judge federal court found that congressional district 1 was unjustifiably drawn predominantly based on race and with discriminatory racial intent, in violation of the constitution; the court rejected the plaintiffs’ other claims. The state has appealed directly to the U.S. Supreme Court, which has set the case for argument; a remedial plan has been deferred pending the outcome of that appeal.
HistoryCase filings, starting with most recent court
|Jurisdictional statement||Feb 17, 2023|
|Amicus brief of Alabama et al.||Mar 29, 2023|
|Amicus brief of Nat'l Republican Redistricting Trust||Mar 29, 2023|
|Motion to affirm||Mar 29, 2023|
|Opposition||Apr 12, 2023|
|Order noting probable jurisdiction||May 15, 2023|