Alabama GOP Passes Redistricting Plan, Democrats Cry Foul
The Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus is speaking out against the GOP reapportionment plan.
In a statement released Thursday morning State Representative Thomas Jackson of Thomasville says:
"The Senate redistricting plans that the Republican supermajority has sponsored are wrought with political gerrymandering that violates the guidelines in our state's constitution that require legislative districts to be respectful of county boundaries and communities of interest.
Representative McClendon admitted that the Republican plan packs African American voters in majority-minority districts. When asked about the marginalization of African American voters in majority white districts, he claimed the Justice Department is not interested in majority white districts.
This outrageous act of blatant political and racial gerrymandering is only matched by the hypocrisy of wasting the taxpayers' dollars on a special session when the state's constitution required redistricting to be addressed during the regular session of the legislature."
The approved reapportionment plan will now to go Governor Robert Bentley for his consideration, the measure most also be reviewed and approved by the United States Justice Department.
Shortly after the vote lawmakers adjourned the meeting ending the 2012 special session.