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Secretary of State has ‘complete trust’ in AG on redistricting

Alabama Secretary of State Wes Allen said he’s confident in Attorney General Steve Marshall fighting a decision by the court that rejected the state’s redrawn congressional map.

Marshall is planning to appeal the three-judge federal court decision.

“While we are disappointed in today’s decision, we strongly believe that the Legislature’s map complies with the Voting Rights Act and the recent decision of the U.S. Supreme Court,” Marshall’s office said in a statement Tuesday. “We intend to promptly seek review from the Supreme Court to ensure that the State can use its lawful congressional districts in 2024 and beyond.”

Allen has also filed a motion requesting a stay on the decision.

“While I can’t make a public comment because the three-judge panel has not issued a final order, I have complete trust in [Attorney General] Marshall and his team and what they’re doing through this whole redistricting process,” Allen said Friday on WVNN’s “The Yaffee Program.”

The secretary also discussed how he’s successfully worked with Marshall on other important issues in recent years.

“I go back to when I was introducing and sponsoring the transgender bill that outlaws puberty blockers and cross sex hormones and the surgeries,” he said. “It took three years to get that bill passed and when we did it got held up in court. And we just trusted the process with [Attorney General] Marshall…that transgender bill now, which protects minor children, is now in effect because the Eleventh Circuit removed that block, removed the injunction on it that had been placed here in Alabama.”

The court has not yet decided to whether to grant Allen’s request for a stay on the ruling.

“We’re just going to trust that process,” he said. “I really can’t make another public comment about the redistricting case, but I will I just trust [Attorney General] Marshall.”

Yaffee is a contributing writer to Yellowhammer News and hosts “The Yaffee Program” weekdays 9-11 a.m. on WVNN. You can follow him on Twitter @Yaffee

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