The three-judge panel handling the redistricting case has ordered two days of hearings in June to consider specific factual issues before deciding the parties’ respective requests for judgment in their favor.
The judges have asked for testimony and additional evidence in two separate areas.
First, were challenged districts subject to the Voting Rights Act drawn in places where racially-polarized voting existed — i.e., where black voters in the minority of voters were unable to elect candidates of their choice — and was the drawing of such districts a reasonable response under the Act?
And second, in certain districts not subject to the Act (Senate 31 and 32, House 51 and 54, Congressional 4 and 12), where a majority black voting population was not achieved during redistricting, is there additional evidence that race nonetheless was the predominant factor in drawing those districts?
The hearings are scheduled for June 4 and 5.