Federal Court: Alabama Electoral Maps Discriminate Against Black Voters
A federal court rejected Alabama’s newly proposed congressional district map because it underrepresents minority voters.
The map in its current form likely violates the Voting Rights Act, the court said.
The state legislature “must draft a new congressional map that complies with the Voting Rights Act by including two districts where Black voters have the opportunity to elect candidates of their choice,” ACLU Alabama said in a statement.
The three-judge panel sided unanimously with the plaintiffs, giving the Alabama legislature two weeks to draft another map that “will need to include two districts in which Black voters either comprise a voting-age majority or something quite close to it.”
If the state legislature fails to meet the February 11 deadline, the court will provide “an eminently qualified expert” to do so.
“The congressional map our Legislature enacted fails Alabama’s voters of color,” said plaintiff Evan Milligan.
“We deserve to be heard in our electoral process, rather than have our votes diluted using a map that purposefully cracks and packs Black communities. Today, the court recognized this harm and has ordered our elected officials to do better. My co-plaintiffs and I hope that more Alabamians will embrace the important role we play in holding our officials accountable, until all of Alabama’s voters are fairly represented.”