In an unprecedented move, a federal panel has struck down Alabama’s revised congressional voting boundaries for failing to properly represent its Black community.
This now marks the second time that Alabama’s redistricting efforts have been legally challenged and tossed out, despite a prior Supreme Court mandate. The eyebrow-raising aspect here: Alabama’s own legislators admit that the newly proposed map did not meet legal guidelines and yet they went ahead with it.
Now, a court-appointed specialist will design a new map featuring at least two districts where Black voters have a realistic chance to elect candidates who represent their interests, just in time for the 2024 election.
In a state where nearly 27 percent of the population identifies as Black, this map-drawing process has significant implications, not only in Alabama but in neighboring states like Georgia, which are embroiled in similar controversies.