Alabama Democrats to take redistricting challenge to federal level
By Geoff Pallay
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama: Earlier this year, Republicans passed new state legislative redistricting maps for the Alabama State Senate and Alabama House of Representatives. Last week, state Democrats said they would challenge the new maps at the federal level with the Department of Justice.
Democrats maintain that the new maps split some counties unnecessarily while also diluting the African-American vote. Republicans defended the lines, stating that the changes were made to accommodate shifting populations.