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Sat Dec 2, 2023, 05:09 AM Dec 2023

An appeal in Louisiana's redistricting case puts a new congressional map at risk [View all]

Source: NPR

Updated December 1, 2023 8:59 PM ET


Republican state officials are asking the full 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to review a panel ruling in the legal fight over Louisiana's congressional map.

The officials cite the recent ruling by a separate federal appeals court that found private individuals — such as the Black voters in Louisiana who are arguing their state's map violates Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act — do not have the right to sue under that key section of the landmark law. They also question whether a lower court calling for a second majority-Black district to be drawn through race-based redistricting is constitutional.

It's the latest legal development in a long-running redistricting fight that could help determine which party controls the U.S. House of Representatives after next year's elections. The state's request to the full 5th Circuit threatens to delay the complicated process for getting in place a redistricting plan that is in line with the Voting Rights Act in time for the 2024 elections.

A three-judge panel of the 5th Circuit had given the Louisiana legislature until Jan. 15, 2024, to draw a new congressional map after concluding a lower court correctly ruled that the previous map likely violated the Voting Rights Act by diluting the power of the state's Black voters.

Read more: https://www.npr.org/2023/11/10/1204339156/louisiana-congressional-districts-redistricting

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