Breaking—Alabama’s New Political Maps Challenged as Racial Gerrymanders

ACLU Press Release

Individual voters joined with civil rights and faith groups, including the Greater Birmingham Ministries and the Alabama State Conference of the NAACP, to file a pair of lawsuits challenging Alabama’s newly drawn political maps for state legislative and congressional districts.

Plaintiffs argue Alabama’s new state district maps violate the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and its congressional map also violates Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

“The lawsuits cite Alabama’s ‘sordid history’ of its white majority using racial discrimination to maintain power. The suits charge that the newly drawn congressional redistricting map denies Black residents equal opportunity to participate in the political process and elect candidates of choice . . . .”

Plaintiffs are being represented by the American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of Alabama, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF), Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), Hogan Lovells LLP, and the firm Wiggins, Childs, Pantazis, Fisher & Goldfarb.

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