CASE SUMMARY

On November 4, 2021, a group of African-American Alabama voters filed a federal lawsuit against Alabama's Secretary of State challenging the state's enacted congressional redistricting plan as violating the federal Voting Rights Act. Specifically, plaintiffs assert that the enacted congressional plan violates Section 2 of the VRA because it dilutes African-American voting strength by strategically "cracking" and "packing" African-American voters to form a single majority-minority congressional district when, as plaintiffs allege, Alabama's African-American population is sufficiently large and geographically compact enough to form a majority of eligible voters in two congressional districts. Plaintiffs are seeking a judicial declaration that Alabama's enacted congressional plan violates Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, an injunction barring the plan from being implemented or used in future elections, and for the court to cause the adoption of a valid congressional plan that includes a second majority-African-American district. On November 16, 2021, the court transferred the case to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama where other redistricting challenges were already pending.

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CASE LIBRARY

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama - No. 2:21-cv-1536 [formerly No. 2:21-cv-751, transferred from M.D. Ala.]