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Voting Rights
Voting Rights - AL
Landmark Case

Date Filed

January 13, 1970

This suit forced Alabama to reapportion its state legislature and discard the voting system that diluted the voting strength of African Americans. The result was the adoption of single-member districts and the 1974 election of 15 black legislators.

Voting Rights
Voting Rights - AL
Active Case

Date Filed

May 01, 2020

As elections approached in Alabama during the COVID-19 pandemic, the state failed to provide safe and accessible voting, potentially disenfranchising tens of thousands of voters. The SPLC and its allies filed a federal lawsuit to compel state officials to make absentee and in-person voting more...

Voting Rights
Voting Rights - AL
Active Case

Date Filed

September 25, 2020

Alabama resident Angelique Harris attempted to register to vote over the course of several years but was unlawfully denied by her county registrars due to a failure of state law to clarify how out-of-state and federal felony convictions are to be treated for determining voting eligibility. The...

Voting Rights
Voting Rights - AL
Active Case
Amicus Brief

Date Filed

February 28, 2018

In 2011, Alabama lawmakers approved a law requiring voters to present a government-issued photo ID to cast a ballot in the state. Civil rights groups filed a lawsuit challenging the law as discriminatory, noting it targeted Black and Latinx voters who disproportionately lack such identification...

Voting Rights
Voting Rights - AL
Active Case

Date Filed

November 15, 2021

When Alabama lawmakers drew new state legislative districts in 2021, they deliberately diminished the power of Black voters, continuing the state’s sordid record of racial discrimination in the electoral system. The Southern Poverty Law Center and its co-counsel filed a federal lawsuit...

Voting Rights
Voting Rights - AL
Active Case

Date Filed

June 08, 2022

Alabama’s absentee ballot program is inaccessible to blind voters and voters with print disabilities. It requires those voters to secure another person’s assistance to complete their absentee ballot – forfeiting their right to vote privately and independently.

The SPLC and its co-counsel...