Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin applauded the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) on Wednesday for denying Alabama’s emergency stay request over an August ruling prohibiting Alabama from using the congressional map passed by state lawmakers in July.

In a post to his official Facebook account, Woodfin accused those behind the map proposed by the Alabama Legislature during a special session this summer of seeking “to diminish the voices of black voters.” He also insinuated that the map was an attempt “to dilute the power of marginalized communities” and insisted that the SCOTUS decision “is a victory for justice and representation.”

“Our democracy thrives when every citizen, regardless of their race or background, has a fair opportunity to be heard,” Woodfin said. “...Yesterday’s decision brings hope that the fight for true representation is a fight we can and will win.”

The decision now means one of three maps submitted by a court-appointed special master earlier this week must be used in the 2024 election. 

This could potentially pit U.S. Reps. Barry Moore (R-Enterprise) and Jerry Carl (R-Mobile) against each other, and would make Democrat candidates favorites in both District 2 and District 7.

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