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SLAY THE DRAGON follows everyday people, outraged by what they see as an attack on the core democratic principle that every person’s vote should count equally. This election year, we’re joining together with grassroots partners to put an end to gerrymandering. Because this issue impacts each state differently, we’ve created a map to help you navigate how gerrymandering affects your state and community. SLAY THE DRAGON arrives on demand April 3.

 

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We are partnering with organizations in Michigan, Colorado, Wisconsin to support the creation of non-partisan redistricting commissions to protect votes across the country.

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Click on your state in the map above to find out what’s going on and how you can help.

We are partnering with organizations in Michigan, Colorado, Wisconsin to support the creation of non-partisan redistricting commissions to protect votes across the country.

Slay the Dragon Logo

SLAY THE DRAGON follows everyday people, outraged by what they see as an attack on the core democratic principle that every person’s vote should count equally. This election year, we’re joining together with grassroots partners to put an end to gerrymandering. Because this issue impacts each state differently, we’ve created a map to help you navigate how gerrymandering affects your state and community. SLAY THE DRAGON arrives on demand April 3.

 

GET CAUGHT UP

Click on your state in the map above to find out what’s going on and how you can help.

We are partnering with organizations in Michigan, Colorado, Wisconsin to support the creation of non-partisan redistricting commissions to protect votes across the country.

us map

Click on your state in the map above to find out what’s going on and how you can help.

We are partnering with organizations in Michigan, Colorado, Wisconsin to support the creation of non-partisan redistricting commissions to protect votes across the country.

Alabama

Process

Alabama's state legislative and congressional district lines are drawn by the Legislature by ordinary statute, and are subject to the Governor's veto. The Legislature can override vetoes with a simple majority vote in each chamber.

In addition to the federal requirements of one person, one vote and the Voting Rights Act, Alabama law requires that state legislative and congressional districts be compact, contiguous, preserve political subdivisions, and preserve communities of interest.

Issues

  • The Voting Rights Act and the Constitution currently guarantee that minority populations should have fair opportunities to elect representatives. But when blacks are packed to be 50% or more of the voting-eligible population of a district, they may miss opportunities in neighboring districts. Fair districting therefore requires careful attention to how the lines are drawn. Some of Alabama's maps this past decade were found by federal courts to be racial gerrymanders. There may be another attempt to commit racial gerrymanders in the upcoming redistricting cycle.

Because a single party will control redistricting, there is an increased risk of partisan gerrymandering.

  • A Voting Rights Act Section 2 case (Chestnut v. Merrill) is being considered in federal court. The case challenges Alabama's 1st, 2nd, and 3rd congressional districts as cracking minority voters, and the 7th congressional district as packing minority voters. The case is set to begin trial on November 4, 2019, but the challengers will only be able to get a declaratory judgment, not any change in the map.

  • Based upon a recent estimate of congressional seat changes following the 2020 census, Alabama is estimated to lose one congressional seat.

Actions

Use public input to persuade the legislature to draw fair districts.

  • Obtain Alabama redistricting data from OpenPrecincts.

  • Use software tools such as Dave's Redistricting App and Districtr to draw district maps showing either (a) what a fair map would look like, or (b) where the community you believe should be better represented is located.

  • Submit these maps to the Legislature as a public comment.

If racial or partisan offenses are committed by the Legislature, federal and state lawsuits.

Contacts

Princeton Gerrymandering Project Data provided by the Princeton Gerrymandering Project

State Info

Congressional Boundaries: Drawn by legislature
State Boundaries: Drawn by legislature
Legislative Control: Republican
Governor's Political Party: Republican
Last Updated: Jan 28 2020