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Insight: From Alabama, an epic challenge to voting rights


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Jon Graham, the mayor of Calera, Alabama, poses for a photo outside the City Hall May 15, 2012. Graham says the city was not trying to reduce black voter strength when it redrew District 2 in 2008. To the contrary, he said, thanks to increased integration, it would have been hard to draw a majority-black district without creating wildly gerrymandered lines. Picture taken May 15, 2012. REUTERS/Marvin Gentry