UPDATED May 16, 2022, at 11:36 AM

What Redistricting Looks Like In Every State

An updating tracker of proposed congressional maps — and whether they might benefit Democrats or Republicans in the 2022 midterms and beyond. How this works »

< Back to Alabama
The partisan breakdown of this proposed map in Alabama
Status:Proposed
partisan lean of districts:
Old map
7 districts
majority
This map
7 districts
There are 2 Democratic-leaning seats and 5 Republican-leaning seats in this proposed map.Change from old map: +1 Democratic-leaning seat, -1 Republican-leaning seat.
The competitiveness and fairness of Alabama's maps
Median seat
Difference between the partisan lean of the state’s median district and the state as a whole.
Old mapR+3.4
New mapR+4.0
Plaintiffs' illustrative plan DR+10.1
Plaintiffs' illustrative plan AR+10.1
Plaintiffs' illustrative plan BR+10.8
Plaintiffs' illustrative plan CR+14.8
Efficiency gap
Difference between each party’s share of “wasted votes” — those that don’t contribute to a candidate winning.
Plaintiffs' illustrative plan DD+4.0
Plaintiffs' illustrative plan AD+3.8
Plaintiffs' illustrative plan BD+3.8
Plaintiffs' illustrative plan CD+3.5
New mapR+9.8
Old mapR+11.3
Competitiveness
The number of districts in the state whose partisan leans are between R+5 and D+5.
Old map0/7
New map0/7
Plaintiffs' illustrative plan A0/7
Plaintiffs' illustrative plan B0/7
Plaintiffs' illustrative plan C0/7
Plaintiffs' illustrative plan D0/7
The demographic and partisan breakdown of this proposed map in Alabama
White
Black
Hispanic
Asian
Other
DistrictIncumbentPartisan leanRacial makeup
1st
Jerry L. CarlR
Barry MooreR
R+55
2nd
OPEN
D+9
3rd
Mike RogersR
R+40
4th
Robert B. AderholtR
R+64
5th
Mo BrooksR
R+36
6th
Gary PalmerR
R+42
7th
Terri A. SewellD
D+21

The racial makeup of each district is of the voting-age population.

The latest in Alabama

Feb. 7, 2022

On Feb. 7, the U.S. Supreme Court halted a federal district court decision that had thrown out Alabama’s new congressional map based on potential violations of the Voting Rights Act. The 5-4 ruling, which saw Chief Justice John Roberts join the court’s three liberals in dissent, reinstates the GOP-drawn proposal passed back in November that preserves the status quo of six ruby-red districts along with one majority-Black and very blue seat.

In its ruling, the Supreme Court also agreed to take up the redistricting lawsuit, which means the court will hear arguments over Alabama’s map and rule on its constitutionality — and possibly the constitutionality of Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, which prohibits any voting practice that discriminates against a minority group. The conservative court could decide this case in a way that weakens or even axes that section of the law, much as it invalidated the coverage formula that undergirded another one of the VRA’s enforcement provisions back in 2013, in Shelby County v. Holder.

The upshot of all this is that it’s unlikely that Alabama will end up with a map that has two majority-Black seats, and the court’s decision could also give conservatives the upper hand in redistricting decisions in other states, such as Louisiana and South Carolina, that have sizable Black populations but only one majority-Black congressional district each.

Latest updates
Icon of the Alabama state boundaries
Feb. 7
The U.S. Supreme Court granted Alabama's motion to stay a lower court order that Alabama draw a second majority-black congressional districts. The state's current congressional plan, with one majority-black district out of seven, will be used for the 2022 election. The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on the lower court's finding that Alabama violated the Voting Rights Act during its next term in Fall 2022.
Icon of the Alabama state boundaries
Jan. 28
Alabama has appealed a federal district courts decision enjoining the state from using new congressional maps passed by the legislature this fall.
Icon of the Alabama state boundaries
Jan. 24
A three-judge panel blocked Alabama's new congressional map and delayed the state's candidate filing deadline to allow for a new map to be drawn. The decision is expected to be appealed.
Who controls redistricting in Alabama right now?
Republicans fully control the congressional redistricting process. New maps are drawn and passed by the Republican state legislature and signed into law by the Republican governor.
All of the other proposed maps in Alabama
MapPlanProposed byPartisan breakdown
Plaintiffs' illustrative plan DProfessor Moon Duchin
Plaintiffs' illustrative plan CProfessor Moon Duchin
Plaintiffs' illustrative plan BProfessor Moon Duchin
Plaintiffs' illustrative plan AProfessor Moon Duchin