Alabama Supreme Court Considers Challenge
Alabama Democrats say the legislative map is unfair. And, they believe that black Democrats are packed into few voting districts and have challenged the Republican-drawn legislative map. The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a pair of appeals from the Alabama Legislative Black Caucus and other Democratic lawmakers who contend the new map created in 2012 illegally limits black voting strength and makes it harder to elect Democrats outside the majority-black districts. A panel of three federal judges last year ruled 2-1 that the new districts are not discriminatory and do not violate the Voting Rights Act or the Constitution. Alabama Republican Attorney General Luther Strange says the new legislative districts are consistent with federal law.