USA, “The World’s Largest democracy” is still debating Americans of African descent’s right to vote. which positions they should or should not be able to vote for. The court gave the Republican-dominated state of Alabama’s legislature two weeks to produce new electoral maps.
Jan 25th 2022; According to Vice; A panel of federal judges struck down Alabama’s new congressional map on Monday, ordering the Alabama state Legislature to redraw the maps so that the state’s million-plus Black voters have the opportunity to elect more than one member of Congress.
Under the proposed map, “Black voters have less opportunity than other Alabamians to elect candidates of their choice to Congress,” the judges wrote in the 225-page opinion. Two of the three judges—District Judges Anna Manasco and Terry Moorer—were nominated to the federal bench by former President Donald Trump, and U.S. Circuit Judge Stanley Marcus was a former Reagan appointee nominated for the appellate bench by Bill Clinton.
The ruling comes after a pair of lawsuits accusing the Republican-dominated state legislature of gerrymandering the maps to pack a disproportionate amount of Black voters into one district to dilute their voting power. The judges wrote in their ruling that the lawsuits are “substantially likely to establish” that the maps violate the Voting Rights Act.
The judges gave the Republican-dominated state Legislature two weeks to produce new maps which “includes either two majority-Black districts, or two districts in which Black voters otherwise have an opportunity to elect a representative of their choice, or a combination of two such districts.”
If the legislature doesn’t produce those maps, the court will appoint an independent “special master” to draw new ones. The judges also ordered Secretary of State John Merrill to delay the state’s candidate filing deadline by two weeks, to Feb. 11, so candidates could file to run with the new maps.