US federal judges struck down Congressional districts drawn by Alabama’s GOP, saying the redistricting discriminated against Black voters.
It was the latest Republican-led redistricting struck down in the courts as voting rights groups and activists challenge the party’s nationwide map-rigging spree.
The move forces state lawmakers to craft new maps.
Alabama’s racially gerrymandered map contained only one majority-Black district in a state where African-Americans make up roughly 27% of the population.
The three judge panel unanimously ordered that “any remedial plan” from the Republican-controlled Alabama Legislature, must include two districts with Black-majority voters.
Alabama’s Republican attorney general retaliated against the ruling by vowing to appeal the decision.
The case could go before the U.S. Supreme Court.