A federal court has sided with the state of Alabama and dismissed a challenge to the newly redrawn legislative districting maps.
A three-judge panel ruled that Democrats who fought three Jefferson County districts redrawn under the plan lacked the legal standing to bring their challenge.
In January, the panel upheld that 12 of Alabama’s legislative districts were unconstitutional racial gerrymanders. The legislature re-drew the Senate and House plans to address the court’s decision, according to Attorney General Steve Marshall.
According to the order from Oct. 12, the plaintiffs, the Alabama Legislative Black Caucus, had raised new claims of racial and partisan gerrymandering, this time in regard to three primarily white districts – House Districts 14 and 16 and Senate District 5. The court rejected those claims, saying the black caucus couldn’t demonstrate an injury and therefore lacked legal standing to pursue the claim.
The court also rejected the partisan gerrymandering claim for failure to provide a satisfactory standard for evaluating the claim.
The black caucus’ attorney, James Blacksher, said the issue will likely come up again after the next U.S. Census in 2020.
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