Alabama Legislative Redistricting Challenge
Thomas v. Allen
Lawsuit filed in federal court on behalf of voters, Greater Birmingham Ministries and the Alabama State Conference of the NAACP challenging Alabama’s new state House and Senate districts passed following the release of 2020 census data. The complaint alleges that the predominant use of race during the redrawing process was not tailored to comply with Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act (VRA) or any compelling government interest and it resulted in racially gerrymandered maps that “crack” and “pack” Black voters across legislative districts in order to prevent them from electing their candidate of choice. The plaintiffs also allege that certain legislative district boundaries were drawn using race as a predominant factor without any compelling interest (such as compliance with Section 2). In their second amended complaint, the plaintiffs also claim that the state Senate plan violates Section 2 of the VRA. The lawsuit asks the court to declare the maps unconstitutional and order the creation of new maps that address the challenged districts. The case is stayed pending the resolution of Merrill v. Milligan, the case about Alabama’s congressional map currently before the U.S. Supreme Court.