Federal appeals courtroom units deadline for Louisiana Legislature to determine whether or not to vary challenged congressional map

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The Louisiana Capitol in Baton Rouge.


A federal appeals courtroom mentioned the Louisiana Legislature ought to have till January 15 to revise its congressional district map earlier than a constitutional problem to the plan strikes ahead.

The Louisiana case had been successfully frozen for 2 years whereas the Supreme Court docket thought-about an identical redistricting dispute in Alabama. The excessive courtroom, in a 5-4 resolution, ordered Alabama in September to redraw its map to incorporate a second district with a majority-Black inhabitants.

Southwick famous that Louisiana is in an identical state of affairs, with solely a single Black-majority district out of six. “The black inhabitants is one-third of Louisiana’s residential inhabitants, but it has just one out of six alternatives to elect their most popular candidates,” the opinion famous.

The present map was vetoed by outgoing Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards, however that veto was overridden by the Legislature’s Republican majority. “That is about basic math, primary equity, and the rule of regulation,” Edwards mentioned in a assertion issued Friday. “With the fifth Circuit’s motion in the present day, I stay assured that we’ll have a good map with two majority Black districts earlier than the congressional elections subsequent 12 months.”

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