Court rejects new Alabama congressional map

Alabama Secretary of State John H. Merrill declined to comment on the decision.

Adam Kincaid, executive director of the National Republican Redistricting Trust, the party’s main mapping organization, said the map was based on one approved in 2011 by President Obama’s Justice Department, then headed by Mr Holder. , and corresponded to voting rights. Act.

“The new map maintains the status quo,” Mr. Kincaid said. “This does not violate Section 2 of the VRA under current law enforcement and should be upheld.”

For three decades, Alabama had a single black-majority congressional district that elected black Democrats. The other six districts in the state have been represented only by white Republicans since 2011.

In Alabama’s only majority-black district, represented by Democrat Terri Sewell, more than 60 percent of voters are black, accounting for nearly a third of the state’s black population. Most of the state’s remaining black population is split — or “split” — between the First, Second and Third Congressional Districts, all of which have been safely Republican for years.

In 2018, a group of black voters filed a federal complaint arguing that the Alabama map violated the Voting Rights Act. They lost.

“It is high time for Alabama to move beyond its sordid history of racial discrimination at the ballot box, and listen to and respond to the needs and concerns of voters of color,” said Tish Gotell Faulks. , chief legal officer of the ACLU of Alabama, said after Wednesday’s decision.

President Biden and congressional Democrats have sought to enact legislation that, among other things, would have limited partisan gerrymandering by state legislatures. That effort died when Senators Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona and Joe Manchin III of West Virginia, both Democrats, thwarted a partywide push to defeat Republican opposition by changing Senate rules.

Nick Corasaniti contributed report.

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