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Lawsuits challenge new legislative, congressional lines

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The Alabama conference of the NAACP is among those suing lawmakers over the newly drawn congressional and legislative districts.

Those involved in the suit say the new lines are racially gerrymandered and unlawfully pack Black voters into a smaller number of districts. The lawsuit was announced Monday and argues the new districts dilute the voting power of minority communities by breaking them up throughout the state.

Greater Birmingham Ministries and others are involved in the suit asking federal judges to block the new maps from being used in the 2022 elections.

Republican lawmakers say they are confident the maps will survive a court challenge.

Caroline Vincent is a digital producer for Alabama Public Radio.
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