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AL Democrats submit maps to redraw district lines

(Source: Alabama Legislature) (Source: Alabama Legislature)
(Source: Alabama Legislature) (Source: Alabama Legislature)
MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

Democrats in the Alabama House and Senate submitted maps Thursday night to redraw the lines of 12 districts.

In January, a three-judge panel ruled the 12 districts were "packed and stacked," limiting democratic voices. The federal judges said Republicans relied too heavily on race when drawing district lines.

“We went to the mic over and over again saying this plan is unconstitutional this is using packing and stacking.”Rep. John Knight, D-Montgomery, said. “It’s a waste of taxpayer money to stay in court but we can come up with a plan ourselves and hopefully we agree on it as long as we agree on the principles on which the plan must be built.” 

The judges said the 12 districts were unconstitutionally gerrymandered and they blocked the legislature from using them in future elections. The panel upheld 24 more challenged districts.

This is the beginning of the process of redrawing the lines. As of Friday, Republicans have not submitted their own plans. 

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