Federal Judge Orders Mississippi District Redrawing

JACKSON, MS (Ben Caxton) — A federal appeals court has ordered Mississippi lawmakers to redraw a state Senate district where a judge ruled that black residents’ voting power had been diluted. On Friday the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Senate District 22 should be redrawn because it fails to give African-American voters an “equal opportunity” to elect a candidate of their choice. Three black residents sued the state in July, saying the composition of the district violates the Voting Rights Act. Redrawing District 22 will require at least one other nearby Senate district to be redrawn too. The appeals court set an April 3rd deadline for lawmakers to draw the new districts and extended the qualifying deadline in the newly drawn districts to April 12th for this year’s election.

 


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