WASHINGTON – The U.S. Supreme Court made the right call last week when it declared that Alabama lawmakers violated the Voting Rights Act by drawing election maps that diluted the state’s Black population, the head of the largest federal employee union said.
“The Supreme Court rightfully determined that Alabama’s election maps were illegally drawn because they attempted to suppress the influence of the state’s Black voters,” American Federation of Government Employees National President Everett Kelley said.
“As a Black man and a native of Alabama, I understand all too well the impact that these discriminatory voting maps have had on elections and policies in the state. Similar discriminatory practices are playing out in other states across the South as well due to these heavily gerrymandered voting maps.
“Unless and until one person’s vote counts just as equally as the next person’s, regardless of race or nationality or any other personal characteristic, we will never have true democracy in this country.”