CASE SUMMARY

On November 16, 2021, a coalition of civil-rights organizations and Alabama voters filed a federal lawsuit against Alabama's Secretary of State and the co-chairs of the State Legislature's redistricting committee challenging the state's enacted congressional plan as violating the U.S. Constitution and federal Voting Rights Act. Specifically, plaintiffs allege that Alabama's congressional plan is an unconstitutional racial gerrymander because race was the predominant consideration when creating and enacting Congressional Districts 1, 2, 3, and 7, and that the plan as a whole was enacted with an intent to racially discriminate against African-American voters in violation of the 14th Amendment's Equal Protection Clause. Additionally, plaintiffs assert that the congressional plan was enacted with the intent and the result of diluting African-American voting strength in violation of Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act. They are seeking a judicial declaration that Alabama's congressional plan violates both the 14th Amendment and Section 2 of the VRA, an injunction barring the defendants from implementing or using the plan in any future elections, and for the court to establish a deadline for Alabama to adopt and enact a new congressional plan that includes two majority-minority districts and which does not violate the VRA, federal, or state constitutions and laws.

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CASE LIBRARY

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama, Southern Division - No. 2:21-cv-1530