Trial Begins in Challenge to Congressional District Map

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – A lawsuit contends Alabama’s congressional map violates the Voting Rights Act by concentrating black voters in a single congressional district.

District Judge Karon Bowdre on Monday will begin a trial in the lawsuit that contends Alabama should have a second majority-minority congressional district.

The suits claim the districts violate the Voting Rights Act and deprive black voters of an equal opportunity to elect candidates of their choice to the U.S. House of Representatives.

The state is disputing those claims and argues it would require gerrymandering to carve another district.

Similar lawsuits are pending in Louisiana and Georgia.

The lawsuits are backed by an affiliate of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, chaired by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.

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