The plaintiffs who successfully challenged Alabama’s congressional districts under the Voting Rights Act have submitted their preferred new map ahead of a Tuesday public hearing of the legislative redistricting committee.
A three-judge panel this month gave lawmakers until July 21 to adopt a new congressional map. The deadline comes after the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed the panel’s finding that Alabama likely violated the Voting Rights Act with a congressional map that had only one majority Black district out of seven in a state where more than one in four residents is Black.
The state must now draw a new map where Black voters comprise a majority, or close to it, in a second district.
The proposed map, obtained by Alabama Daily News, would make significant changes to Alabama’s 1st and 2nd congressional districts, bringing the black population of the 2nd to above 50%. See the map and link to the population summary below.
Also obtained by Alabama Daily News are three maps proposed by Senate Minority Leader Bobby Singleton. His create districts much closer to the current map, but none would have a majority black populations. See those maps and the links to the population summaries below.
The Joint Legislative Committee on Reapportionment has a public hearing scheduled for Tuesday, June 27 at 1:30 in the State House. The meeting takes place in Room 200 and will be live streamed on the Legislature’s website.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.