Court Tosses Alabama GOP’s New District Map Because It Crammed Black Voting Power Into Just One District

MONTGOMERY, AL - DECEMBER 12:  John  Merrill, Secretary of State of Alabama, speaks to the media in the Capitol building about the possible recount to determine the winner between Republican Senatorial candidate Roy Moore and his Democratic opponent Doug Jones on December 12, 2017 in Montgomery, Alabama. Mr. Moore and Mr. Jone are locked in a race that is too close to call in the special election to replace Attorney General Jeff Sessions in the U.S. Senate.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

A panel of three federal judges rejected the new Alabama district map drawn by the state’s Republican-controlled legislature on Monday in two lawsuits against Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill (R) alleging that the district lines had been racially gerrymandered.