Federal court hears arguments on Alabama legislative districts
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Federal judges want lawyers for black lawmakers to come up with their own map for redrawing Alabama’s legislative districts.
The request came Tuesday in Montgomery during a hearing over the new voting lines.
Lawyers for black legislators contend Republicans illegally sorted voters by race when they drew new district lines.
The three-judge panel put tough questions to both sides during two hours of arguments.
They challenged the plaintiffs to draw a map that keeps districts the same size without following similar racial patterns. Attorneys replied they could have something done in a few weeks.
The hearing comes after the U.S. Supreme Court questioned how blocks of black voters were moved.
A state attorney says race was a factor in the decision making but not the predominant one.