Census Delay Could Postpone Redistricting

The U.S. Census Bureau needs more time to wrap up the once-a-decade count because of the coronavirus, opening the possibility of delays in drawing new legislative districts that could help determine what political party is in power, what laws pass or fail and whether communities of color get a voice in their states.

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Gerrymandering Suit

The Fifth Circuit ruled against four white voters who sued Dallas County, claiming its 2011 redistricting plan for electing county commissioners was racially discriminatory because it provided only one “Anglo-majority district.” The court found the plaintiffs could not prove the plan amounted to “racial gerrymandering.”

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Congressman Testifies in Alabama Gerrymandering Trial

In a trial to determine whether or not Alabama racially gerrymandered some of its congressional districts, U.S. Congressman Bradley Byrne testified the four congressional maps proposed by the 10 black voters suing the state would “destroy” the ability of representatives to effectively serve their constituents.

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House Approves Realignment of Judicial Districts in Arkansas

The U.S. House of Representatives voted Tuesday to reduce the number of operating divisions in the Eastern District of Arkansas from five to three in a rare realignment of judicial lines, which was spurred by the 2017 closure of the only two federal courthouses in the two axed divisions.

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Mississippi Voting Boundaries

The Fifth Circuit upheld the boundary lines of Senate District 22, which were redrawn after a district court found a violation of the Voting Rights Act. The voting district, as it was previously drawn, diluted African American “voting strength.” The redrawn map will be used in the state’s primary election Tuesday, August 6.

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