As this Daily Home article shows, most people expect the Republican’s redistricting plan to be signed by the governor and then submitted to the U.S. Justice Department for federal approval.
The Senate passed the plan 16-15 and the House approved it 57-45, with most of the opposition coming from the Democratic minority. The plan still must be approved by the governor and the U.S. Justice Department before taking effect for next year’s elections.
But will it. We know that Hubbard and Marsh do not exactly like the Obama administration. Will they try to avoid any review of their plan by the Obama Justice Department? Will the Alabama Republicans follow the lead of their North Carolina and Texas brethren? As reported by the ISS,
Instead of submitting North Carolina’s redistricting plan to the Department of Justice — where it needs pre-clearance because 40 of the state’s counties are covered by the Voting Rights Act — the GOP law would allow the state’s Legislative Services Commission to directly present the plan to a district court in D.C.
The leaked audio has House Speaker Thom Tillis describing the plan, which he also warned was “extremely sensitive” and shouldn’t be publicly discussed: The plan all along has been to submit this to the courts, rather than the Department of Justice, since this will be the first redistricting plan under the Voting Rights Act submitted to a DOJ controlled by Democrats, let alone Obama.
With the exception of Roby, all the current incumbents feel comfortable with the current lines so there is no rush pursuing such an option.
(BTW: Rep. Mike Rogers must be very thankful to his cronies in the Legislature. He almost picked Etowah and DeKalb counties. Then he almost picked up Chilton and the rest of Coosa County. But he got his dream, he got rid of Goodwater and gobbled all St.Clair County aka Republicanville. His district now only has 25% African-American population rather than 32%. in 2008 )