New Alabama congressional map where Black representation nearly halved is nixed by judges

A panel of three federal judges wrote that the new Republican-drawn maps gave Black voters 'less opportunity than other Alabamians to elect candidates of their choice to Congress.'

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1/25/2022 9:28:00 AM

A panel of three federal judges wrote that the new Republican-drawn maps gave Black voters 'less opportunity than other Alabamians to elect candidates of their choice to Congress.'

A panel of three federal judges wrote that the new Republican-drawn maps gave Black voters 'less opportunity than other Alabamians to elect candidates of their choice to Congress.'

Newsweek, while noting that the office does not comment on pending litigation.The decision came less than two weeks after the Ohiothrew outRepublican-drawn maps that it said were in violation of state laws against partisan gerrymandering. The court ordered the Ohio Redistricting Commission to draw new maps that did not violate the state constitution.

The rejection of the Alabama maps could soon be revisited by the U.S. Supreme Court, with the state's Republican Party Chair John WahlThe New York Timesthat he was disappointed by the decision but expects an appeal."The basic outlines of Alabama's congressional districts have remained the same for several decades and have been upheld numerous times," said Wahl."What has changed between now and those past decisions to cause the court to act in this manner?"

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A spokesperson for Merrill declined to comment on the court's decision when contacted by Newsweek , while noting that the office does not comment on pending litigation. The decision came less than two weeks after the Ohio threw out Republican-drawn maps that it said were in violation of state laws against partisan gerrymandering. The court ordered the Ohio Redistricting Commission to draw new maps that did not violate the state constitution. The rejection of the Alabama maps could soon be revisited by the U.S. Supreme Court, with the state's Republican Party Chair John Wahl The New York Times that he was disappointed by the decision but expects an appeal. "The basic outlines of Alabama's congressional districts have remained the same for several decades and have been upheld numerous times," said Wahl."What has changed between now and those past decisions to cause the court to act in this manner?" Opponents of the new maps hailed the at least temporary victory as a timely decision to ensure that voters would be fairly represented ahead of the 2022 midterm elections. "We've said since the beginning that we would refuse to let unconstitutional maps be used without a fight, so we are pleased that the court recognized the importance of urgently remedying the congressional district maps ahead of November's election," Tish Gotell Faulks, legal director for the ACLU of Alabama, said in a statement . "It's past time for Alabama to move beyond its sordid history of racial discrimination at the polls, and to listen to and be responsive to the needs and concerns of voters of color," she added."Not ensuring access to the ballot for all of the people and communities in Alabama is holding this state back from realizing its full potential."