Permanant Legislative Committee on Reapportionment

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Redistricting Maps and Plans


  • House and Senate district plans are effective with the Legislative elections of 2014.
  • House and Senate:    Plans as passed by the Legislature, signed by the Governor and approved by the U.S. Justice Department.
  • Congressional:     SB484/Act 2011-518 was passed by the Legislature on 6/2/2011, signed by the Governor on 6/8/2011 and approved by the Justice Department on 11/21/2011
  • Board of Education:    HB621/Act 2011-677 was passed by the Legislature on 6/9/2011, signed by the Governor on 6/15/2011 and approved by the Justice Department on 11/21/2011

In 2012, following the release of the 2010 Census, the Legislature passed new legislative districts, as required by the Alabama constitution. Pursuant to § 5 of the Voting Rights Act, the new districts were submitted to the Attorney General of the United States for preclearance, or approval. They were approved, but two groups of plaintiffs challenged them in federal court, alleging violations, under a variety of theories, of the federal constitution, the state constitution, and the Voting Rights Act. In December 2013, a three-judge federal trial court affirmed the validity of the districts. In April 2015, the United State Supreme Court vacated the three-judge court’s decision, and remanded the case with instruction for the trial court to conduct a new analysis of the districts. In January 2017 the three-judge court held that in drawing three Senate districts and nine House districts to comply with § 5 of the Voting Rights Act, the Legislature was too race-conscious. The three-judge court ordered these districts be redrawn. Shortly thereafter, in March 2017, the Supreme Court released Bethune-Hill v. Virginia Board of Elections, in which the Court provided additional guidance on how districts should be drawn. Consequently, all majority-black districts in both houses have been redrawn by the Reapportionment Committee and, in separate plans, by the two plaintiff groups. The districts shown here are proposed by the Reapportionment Committee, and were drawn in consultation with the affected legislators.