Alabama Wants to Keep Appellate Judge Elections Statewide
A federal judge will hear arguments next month in the 2016 lawsuit alleging the practice violates the Voting Rights Act. Plaintiffs are asking the judge to order Alabama to switch to elections by districts, or another method.
State lawyers argued Monday that the judges should be elected statewide because they are accountable to all Alabamians.
The state said if black candidates have been unsuccessful in recent years, it’s because they are running as Democrats in a red state.
Alabama’s appellate courts are all-white and all-Republican. There have been three African-American judges on the state Supreme Court.
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