Sewell, Chestnut, Stewart react to State’s refusal to create second majority-Black Congressional District

Published 6:58 am Tuesday, July 25, 2023

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The three politicians that represent Dallas County for the state reacted to lawmakers refusing to create a second majority-Black congressional district.

Gov. Kay Ivey signed a new congressional map into law on Friday.

U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell, Rep. Prince Chestnut and State Senator Robert Stewart each shared their views on the non-compliant congressional map submitted by the State of Alabama:

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““The Supreme Court was very clear. The Alabama State Legislature must draw two majority-minority districts to ensure that Alabama’s African American voters are fairly “The State of Alabama has shamelessly chosen to ignore the Supreme Court. The map advanced by the state legislature includes only one majority-minority district and a second district where Black voters make up only 39.9 percent of the voting age population.”

Chestnut said that Alabama still has the same recalcitrant and obstreperous mind-set that it had 100 years ago.

“Once again, the state super majority decided that the voting rights of Black people are nothing that this state is bound to respect, and it’s offensive, it’s wrong,” Chestnut said.

Stewart said the new Congressional passed affects the voting process.

“This new congressional map that passed the Alabama legislature was not vetted by the public during public hearings and it dilutes voting power of the Black Belt by cracking the region into two congressional districts,: Stewart said. “Further, the map violates the “One Person, One Vote doctrine”. The courts will most like have to do what the legislature failed to do and draw a fair map that gives black Alabamians the opportunity to elect the candidate of the choice in a majority minority district or something close to it.”

Sewell predicts a different outcome in the Supreme Court.

“This map does not comply with the Supreme Court’s order and is an insult to Black voters across our state,” Sewell said. “ I fully expect that it will be rejected by the courts.”

Even House Speaker Emerita Nancy Pelosi thinks the state congressional district map is unfair. She spoke Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union” show.

“Terri Sewell, our member of Congress from the area, in the district they drew earlier in the week, they took her out of Selma, they took her out of Montgomery. She’s an iconic figure there, and, of course, John Lewis and Martin Luther King Jr — and took her out of that.,” Pelosi said.