Miss. NAACP Calls for New Voting DistrictsBy Daniel Cherry | Published 16 Oct 2012 04:54pm |
The Mississippi NAACP is asking federal judges to throw out last year's legislative elections. MPB's Daniel Cherry reports how they say the voting districts weren't constitutional due to changes in the state's population.
The state NAACP wants federal judges to void the 2011 elections, redraw the Mississippi House and Senate districts, and order new elections next year. The lawsuit also requests the court throw out the redistricting plan passed by the current legislature because they say the new plan diminishes black voting strength. Carrol Rhodes is an attorney for the Mississippi NAACP.
"The plans the Republican legislature send to (the Justice Department) violate Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act in that they concentrate a lot of black populations into a few districts so that black voting strength is diluted."
Some top Republican leaders point out, the redistricting plan was approved by the U.S. Justice Department last month, and they say new legislative elections would be unnecessary and costly.
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