It appears that Alabama’s seven members of the U.S. House of Representatives fared very well in the new Congressional districts. The Alabama Legislature accepted a Congressional map that makes mostly minor changes to the demographic makeup of the current districts. Gov. Robert Bentley supported the final map and signed the bill into law. The plan must still be approved by the U.S. Justice Department.
Congressional maps are redrawn every ten years after the Census to even out the population in each district. Fortunately, Alabama is not one of the states to gain or lose a seat in Congress this year. The Legislature’s primary duty was to put 682,819 people in each district. That was up from 635,300. Obviously, that is impossible to do without dividing up some of our counties. For example, Montgomery County will be represented by three members of Congress. While that sounds good, I have to wonder if it really is.
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