The Supreme Court said Monday it will hear two appeals from Alabama Democrats who allege the state’s legislative district lines intentionally marginalize African American voters.
The Alabama Legislative Black Caucus and the Alabama Democratic Conference say that violates voters’ First and Fourteenth Amendment rights, and the federal Voting Rights Act.
Two judges on a three-judge panel disagreed and sided with the state. But the Supreme Court said Monday it would hear the case in its next term, which begins in October.
About 26 percent of Alabama’s population is African American, according to Census data.
Alabama’s new district lines are one of two sets of post-Census redistricting maps still making their way through the courts. In Florida, state Democrats are challenging another set of district lines they say undercut voter rights.