MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Federal judges have blocked Alabama from using newly drawn congressional districts in upcoming elections.
A three-judge panel issued a preliminary injunction Monday. The judges wrote that Alabama should have two districts instead of one in which Black voters are a sizeable portion of the electorate.
The judges blocked use of the map and stayed the party qualification deadline from Friday until Feb. 11 to allow the Legislature the opportunity to enact a remedial plan.
Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall’s office said the ruling will be appealed. Spokesman Mike Lewis wrote in an email, “The Attorney General’s Office strongly disagrees with the court’s decision and will be appealing in the coming days.”