State of Alabama

Alabama Congressional Redistricting Challenge (Caster)

Caster v. Merrill

Lawsuit filed on behalf of multiple Black Alabama voters challenging the state’s newly-passed congressional map following the release of 2020 census data. The lawsuit argues that the new map intentionally dilutes the voting strength of Black Alabamians by only creating one majority Black district when a second one could also be drawn in violation of Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, which prohibits any law that is intended to or results in the “denial or abridgement of the right of any citizen of the United States to vote on account of race or color.” The lawsuit asks the court to declare the recently-passed map invalid and order the creation of a new map that includes a second majority-minority congressional district.

The case was transferred to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama in order to be heard by the same three-judge panel convened for Singleton v. Merrill. A preliminary injunction hearing was held Jan. 4-14.

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