US Supreme Court denies Alabama petition to avoid creating majority-Black districts


Since 2021, Alabama Secretary of State Wes Allen fought claims that Alabama’s state legislative were racially biased. In June, the case

Milligan V. Allen

reached the Supreme Court. The high court determined that plaintiffs would likely succeed in their claim of racial gerrymandering. Plaintiffs claimed that the congressional maps were in violation of Section Two Voting Rights act. While Black residents make up nearly 27 percent (or the population of Alabama), they hold the majority in only 14 percent (or the districts) of the state’s congress. The federal district court ruled that the second map of congressional districts was no better than the first and ordered Alabama to stop holding elections using it. The federal district courts appointed a Special master to draw new congressional maps. After the Supreme Court order, it’s likely that the Special Master will implement one of his recommendations as Alabama’s new congressional maps. Allen announced that he was ending the “vanity” app to reduce costs. Allen announced that Alabama would keep their own voter integrity databases to ensure their voter lists are “cleaner, more accurate and reliable than ever.”