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A Look into Louisiana’s Plans for Redistricting

February 16, 2024 11:37 AM | Anonymous

The ongoing debate over the Congressional Map for Louisiana has taken another turn with the filing of the Callais v. Landry case, which alleges that the newly passed and signed map constitutes an unconstitutional racial gerrymander and violates the 14th and 15th amendments of the U.S. Constitution. This case involves a 12-plaintiff challenge and will be heard by a three-judge panel, including one judge from the 5th Circuit and two from the Western District of Louisiana.

The map in question, which was passed by the House and Senate and signed into law by Governor Landry, includes the creation of a second majority-Black District as ordered by U.S. District Judge Shelly Dick in the Robinson v. Landry case. This new district stretches from Baton Rouge through Alexandria to Shreveport. The goal of the redistricting was to comply with federal and state laws regarding equal distribution of residents among congressional districts based on population changes reflected in the U.S. Census.

However, the plaintiffs in the Callais v. Landry case argue that the new map constitutes an unconstitutional racial gerrymander, potentially jeopardizing its adaptation for the 2024 congressional elections. If the three-judge panel rules in favor of the plaintiffs and finds the map to be unconstitutional, it could lead to further revisions or challenges to the congressional district boundaries in Louisiana. Until the case is resolved, the fate of the newly drawn map remains uncertain.

Sources for this article are:  Mapping the Future Article       Voter's Sue over Louisiana's Second Majority Black District

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