Chestnut v. Merrill
Eight Alabama voters filed a federal lawsuit alleging that Alabama’s 2011 congressional map violates Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act (VRA). The plaintiffs argue the map packs African-American voters into the Seventh Congressional District and significantly cracks African-American voters between three other congressional districts, with the effect of diluting African-American voting. The suit alleges that the African-American population in the three “cracked” congressional districts is sufficient to form a second majority-minority district.
The plaintiffs are asking the court to declare the map violates Section 2 of the VRA and enjoin the state from using the current map in any further congressional elections. The plaintiffs are also asking the court to require that the state adopt a new congressional plan that includes a second majority-minority district.
- Complaint (June 13, 2018)
- Motion to Dismiss (July 9, 2018)
- First Amended Complaint (July 23, 2018)
- Answer to the Amended Complaint (August 6, 2018)
- Motion to Intervene (August 27, 2018)
- Defendant's Response in Support of Motion to Intervene (September 10, 2018)
- Plaintiffs' Response in Opposition to Motion to Intervene (September 10, 2018)
- Memorandum Opinion and Order Denying Motion to Intervene (October 16, 2018)