In June, Governor Kay Ivey called for a special session to redraw Alabama’s congressional districts after the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) ruled that the current map likely violates the Voting Rights Act. The special session for redistricting began on Monday, July 17, with a deadline set by SCOTUS to pass a new congressional map by Friday, July 21.
The Alabama Legislature’s Reapportionment Committee heard comments and discussed suggestions in a series of public hearings before the special session began. Lawmakers were given five days to decide on and approve a revised congressional map.
Several maps were proposed throughout the process, and after a joint conference committee, the House and Senate approved a final congressional map plan that was signed by Governor Kay Ivey. The federal court will decide in August if the legislature’s new map meets the necessary requirements. A map must be in place by October 1 to conduct the 2024 congressional elections.
Immediately following final passage of the new map on July 21, Alabama Speaker of the House Nathaniel Ledbetter connected with BCA to explain the need for this special session and the work that went into the final outcome.