Federal court strikes down GOP redistricting map

Alabama Republicans were blocked in their effort to get approval for their congressional map with a federal court saying that it could be in violation of the Voting Rights Act.

According to a report in The Washington Examiner, the three-judge panel on the 11th Circuit gave the state legislature just two weeks to redraw the man which allows for its new House seats. 

The map, as it was previously drawn and turned down by the court, would have likely offered six new Republican seats and one new Democrat, which would have come from a black-majority district. 

The judges on the court ordered that the map should include “two districts in which Black voters either comprise a voting-age majority or something quite close to it.”

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall sent a statement out Monday saying they “strongly disagree” with the ruling and vowed to appeal the court’s decision, all the way to the Supreme Court if necessary. 

I the state lawmakers are unable to present an acceptable replacement in two weeks, the court can appoint a special master to create a map they would approve of. 

“The state’s intentional policy of disempowerment and discrimination has resulted in the denial of equal opportunity for Black people to participate in the political process in violation of the U.S. Constitution and the VRA,” according to a brief in Milligan v. Merrill, one of the cases weighed by judges.

“This decision is a win for Alabama’s black voters, who have been denied equal representation for far too long,” said Eric H. Holder Jr., chairman of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, adding that the creation of one majority-black district “was as evident as it was reprehensible.”

The three-judge panel on the 11th Circuit was composed of two judges appointed by former President Donald Trump and one by former President Bill Clinton.