State of Alabama

Alabama Legislative Redistricting Challenge

Thomas 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 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 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 lawsuit asks the court to declare the maps unconstitutional and order the creation of new maps that address the racially-gerrymandered challenged districts. The case is stayed pending the resolution of cases pending in the U.S. Supreme Court against Alabama’s congressional map.

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