Black Caucus lawmakers sue to force new legislative elections

Alabama State House

Lawyers for the Alabama Legislative Black Caucus are asking a federal court to toss out the state’s legislative districts and hold new legislative elections next year.

Lawyers for black legislators filed the motion Monday after the U.S. Supreme Court sent Alabama legislative districts back for additional review. Black legislators challenged the 2012 plan drawn by the newly elected GOP majority saying that it illegally packed black voters into designated minority districts.

Caucus lawyers argue that the legislative districts, “display unmistakable evidence of racial sorting.” They argue the map also improperly split counties and communities of interest.

The Supreme Court in March sent the map back to a federal court.

State Republicans say they believe the districts will be upheld.

Republished with permission of The Associated Press.