Gov. Kay Ivey called a one-issue special session for July 17 for legislators to adopt a new congressional district map.
The U.S. Supreme Court earlier this month overturned the state’s congressional districts, saying the state had violated the Voting Rights Act. One of Alabama’s seven congressional districts is majority black but one in four state residents are Black. The Supreme Court said the state had diluted the political power of Black voters. It ordered Alabama officials to redraw the congressional districts to include two where the balance of Black and white residents is close to even, which would give Blacks a reasonable chance of electing the representative of their choice.
The deadline for submitting the new map is July 21.
The governor in a statement said, “It is critical that Alabama be fairly and accurately represented in Washington. That is why I support the Alabama Legislature readdressing our congressional map in a special session beginning July 17. It is of the utmost importance that this special session only address the congressional map and nothing else. … Our Legislature knows our state, our people and our districts better than the federal courts or activist groups do.”