“Trial begins in challenge to congressional district map”

AP:

African Americans make up more than a quarter of Alabama’s voting age population.


But only one of the state’s seven congressional districts is majority black.


A federal judge on Monday will begin a trial in a lawsuit that contends Alabama should have a second majority-black district and that the current map violates a section of the Voting Rights Act by depriving black voters of an opportunity to elect candidates of their choice to the U.S. House of Representatives. The state is disputing those claims and argues it would require gerrymandering to carve another district.

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