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Alabama draft redistricting maps released

A special session on redistricting is to begin Thursday. The proposed maps could change before lawmakers make final decisions.

A map shows the current layout of Alabama's congressional districts. (Dave's Redistricting)

Alabama lawmakers are mulling draft redistricting maps this week, and are to meet Thursday for a special session to debate those maps. 

Rep. Chris England, D-Tuscaloosa, on Monday published those maps, drafted by the Joint Committee on Redistricting​​, in a series of tweets.

Changes to those draft maps could be made this week, however, before lawmakers finalize the reapportionments.

The state’s Congressional district map, state school board map, Alabama Senate and House district map are redrawn every 10 years, when the U.S. Census Bureau conducts a population count. 

A proposed redistricting map for the Alabama House.

A proposed redistricting map for the Alabama Senate.

A proposed redistricting map for the Alabama State School Board.

In the draft Congressional district map, Alabama’s 7th Congressional District, the only majority-minority district in the state, picks up a portion of the city of Montgomery and more sections of Jefferson County.

Alabama’s 3rd Congressional District would lose portions of Montgomery County, while the 7th Congressional District would gain Homewood and some of Hoover. 

In the proposed Alabama Senate map, District 32, largely in Baldwin County, shrinks. Senate District 33, represented by State Sen. Vivian Figures, D-Mobile, would grow to include Spanish Fort. 

State Senate District 5, represented by State Senate Pro Tem Greg Reed, R-Jasper, would pick up Lamar County. State Sen. Tom Butler, R-Madison, would see his Senate District 2 shrink.

Eddie Burkhalter is a reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter. You can email him at [email protected] or reach him via Twitter.

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