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Thursday, 14 April 2011 14:44
Louisiana Legis. Black Caucus To Urge US Justice Against Preclearance Of Redistricting
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The Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus has issued a statement concerning the Louisiana special session on redistricting which ended Wednesday.   The caucus statement claims that Governor Bobby Jindal and members of the legislature "decided that partisanship and incumbent protection were more important than complying with the Voting Rights Act of 1965" and that it (the LLBC) "intends to work with the United States Department of Justice to urge them against preclearance"

Here is the Black Caucus statement, issued by email:

Yesterday, the legislature completed its 2011 First Extraordinary Session focused on Redistricting.  During this extraordinary session, the legislature’s objective was to use the 2010 Census data to redistrict Louisiana House and Senate districts, the Public Service Commission, and the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, while reapportioning Louisiana congressional districts.  In keeping with LLBC’s mission to advocate for Louisiana’s under-represented citizens, during this session, we have worked hard to ensure that the state’s citizens’ voting power was not diluted. Despite our efforts, we believe the process was conducted in a manner that diminished minority voters’ ability to select a candidate of their choice. We are disheartened by the fact that Governor Jindal and members of the legislature decided that partisanship and incumbent protection were more important than complying with the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Given the legislature’s inability to adhere to the principles espoused in the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the LLBC intends to work with the United States Department of Justice to urge them against preclearance.

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