Supreme Court to Hear Ala. Redistricting Challenge

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court will consider a challenge from Alabama Democrats who want a Republican-drawn legislative map thrown out.

The justices on Monday agreed to hear an appeal from the Alabama Legislative Black Caucus and Democrats who say new legislative districts created in 2012 were gerrymandered to dilute black voting strength.

A panel of three federal judges last year ruled 2-1 that the new districts are not discriminatory and do not violate the Voting Rights Act or the Constitution.

The Legislature had to redraw political boundaries to reflect population shifts in the 2010 Census. Alabama Republican Attorney General Luther Strange says the new legislative districts are consistent with federal law.

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