Groups seek 2 districts with large Black voter bases
By KIM CHANDLER
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Alabama lawmakers return to Montgomery this week to draw new legislative, congressional and school board districts.
Some legal groups are arguing the state should have two congressional districts likely to elect African American representatives, instead of just one.
Black and mixed-race residents make up more than 25% of the state’s population, but Alabama’s seven-member congressional delegation for decades has consisted of a single African American member in District 7. U.S. Rep Terri Sewell, who is a Democrat, currently serves that district.
The Joint Reapportionment Committee meets Tuesday to vote on proposed maps. The special session on redistricting starts Thursday.
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10/24/2021 4:00:52 PM (GMT -5:00)