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Federal court selects new Alabama congressional map, likely handing Democrats a seat at next House election

Federal judges have selected a new congressional map for Alabama on Thursday – one that includes an additional majority-Black district that will likely give Democrats an additional seat in the House.

The selected map – Remedial Plan 3 – was approved by a panel of three federal court judges after ruling that the Republican-controlled Alabama Legislature failed to remedy a Voting Rights Act violation when lawmakers adopted new lines this summer.

The judges made their selection from three remedial maps that were proposed by a court-appointed official after hearing objections from both parties. The new map, which replaces the Republican drawn lines, will be used for the 2024 elections.

The ruling, which orders the Alabama secretary of state to administer the next election based on the selected map’s lines, states that “the Plaintiffs already suffered this irreparable injury once in this census cycle when they voted in 2022 under the unlawful 2021 Plan” and “will suffer an irreparable harm absent injunctive relief.”

The three-judge panel for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama said earlier this month that they were “deeply disturbed” that the state’s redrawn map did not adhere to their guidance and appointed a special master to redraw the map instead.

Fox News’ Shannon Bream, Bill Mears, Chris Pandolfo and Lawrence Richard and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Kyle Morris covers politics for Fox News. Story tips can be sent to kyle.morris@fox.com and on Twitter: @RealKyleMorris.

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