(WDHN) — The federal court has blocked Alabama’s legislature redistricting plan for 2022 after judges found that the map dilutes the voting power of black residents.

“I wasn’t really shocked I was more so hurt because in this day and age we are still going through so many things that we have gone through so many times before,” Vickie Moore said.

Lawsuits were filed against the map claiming that it violated the voting rights act by packing black voters into a small number of districts which limits their influence on state elections.

The black population in Alabama is 27% which makes up one-seventh of the congressional districts – six republican districts majority white and one democratic majority black.

“Every map that be done should be fair we should have equal rights whenever a map is drawn we can’t wait 10 years just to go through the same thing,” Moore said.

“I’m glad the courts looked at it and said this is an issue and what we have to do is look at the numbers and that means equal representation no matter where we are,” said Aristotle Kirkland, District 2 commissioner.

The map is drawn every 10 years and Moore and Kirkland believe it’s time for Alabama to be better.

One sign of improvement, the federal court wants newly drawn maps from the legislature that will include two majority-black districts. Despite the state attorney’s office’s plans to appeal the court’s ruling, Moore and Kirkland are grateful for state leaders and the court in making a change.

“I hope that the state of Alabama recognize fair representation no matter what that everyone is represented equally,” Kirkland said.

“Today is a great day its a great day it happened the way it did and I hope it will be many lessons learned as a result of it,” Moore said.

Lawmakers have two weeks to come up with a new map. To clarify, this will only affect congressional districts and not the state senate and house.