Bethune-Hill v. Virginia State Board of Elections Oral Argument

The Supreme Court heard oral argument in Bethune-Hill v. Virginia State Board of Elections, a racial gerrymandering case examining how race can be taken into… read more

The Supreme Court heard oral argument in Bethune-Hill v. Virginia State Board of Elections, a racial gerrymandering case examining how race can be taken into consideration when states draw district maps. In 2011, Virginia lawmakers used the 2010 census to redraw 12 state legislative districts in which African Americans made up at least 55 percent of the eligible voters. Black voters sued, arguing that by packing minorities into these districts their vote was diminished in other parts of the state violating the 14th Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause, which prohibits the government from using race as a “predominant” factor in redistricting unless it serves a compelling state interest.

On March 1, 2017, the court ruled that a lower federal court used the wrong legal standard when it determined that race did not play too large a role in creating 11 of Virginia’s 12 legislative districts in dispute. close

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Bethune-Hill v. Virginia State Board of Elections Oral Argument

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Program ID:
417970-1
Category:
Public Affairs Event
Format:
Judicial Proceeding
Location:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
First Aired:
Dec 13, 2016 | 6:16pm EST | C-SPAN 2
Last Aired:
Mar 04, 2017 | 12:31pm EST | C-SPAN 1

Airing Details

  • Dec 13, 2016 | 6:16pm EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Dec 22, 2016 | 6:58pm EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Dec 23, 2016 | 5:07pm EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Jan 04, 2017 | 6:59pm EST | C-SPAN 3
  • Jan 06, 2017 | 10:18am EST | C-SPAN 3
  • Mar 04, 2017 | 12:31pm EST | C-SPAN 1
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