African-American lawmakers in Alabama have filed suit to stop the legislative redistricting plans passed by the Alabama Legislature. The suit was filed in U.S. District Court in Montgomery by the Alabama Legislative Black Caucus, the Alabama Association of Black County Officials, and individual black elected officials. These folks are convinced that the maps of the districts for the Alabama House of Representatives and Alabama Senate are unconstitutional. They also say the plans unnecessarily cross county lines, pack in black voters, and minimize the voice of white Democrats.
The lawmakers are seeking an order that will not only invalidate legislative district maps drawn by the Republican supermajority, but require state lawmakers to redraw them. The Plaintiffs are not asking the court to approve a specific plan. Redrawing the district lines is required every ten years following a Census. The districts would become effective with the November 2014 election so legislative candidates that year would run based on the proposed districts. James Blacksher, a Birmingham lawyer, is representing the Plaintiffs in the lawsuit. I believe he has a better than even chance of success. The suit will definitely be watched closely.
Source: Montgomery Advertiser
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