State of Alabama

Alabama Congressional Redistricting Challenge (Milligan)

Milligan v. Merrill

Lawsuit filed in federal court on behalf of voters, Greater Birmingham Ministries and the Alabama State Conference of the NAACP challenging Alabama’s new congressional map passed following the release of 2020 census data. The complaint alleges that race was the predominant factor used to draw districts without a compelling VRA or other governmental interest in violation of the 14th Amendment. Specifically, the complaint argues that Black voters were packed into the 7th Congressional District and cracked among three other districts in order to avoid drawing a second district where Black voters could elect their candidate of choice. The lawsuit asks the court to declare the congressional map unconstitutional and order the creation of a new map that includes two majority-Black districts.

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