WASHINGTON (NEWSnet/AP) —  U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered Louisiana to hold congressional elections in 2024 using a House map with a second mostly Black district.

A lower-court ruling had ruled the map an illegal racial gerrymander.

The order allows the use of a map that has majority Black populations in two of the state’s six congressional districts.

The justices acted on emergency appeals filed by the state’s top Republican elected officials and Black voters who said they needed the high court’s intervention to avoid confusion as elections approach. About one-third of Louisiana’s population is Black.

The Supreme Court’s order does not deal with a lower-court ruling that found the map relied too heavily on race. Instead, it only prevents another new map from being drawn for 2024 elections.

Louisiana has had two congressional maps blocked by federal courts in the past two years in a swirl of lawsuits that included previous intervention by the Supreme Court.

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