Uncategorized

More hearings in redistricting case

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.

One Comment

  1. Rev. Carl Johnson

    May 14, 2013 at 10:33 am

    My fear is that they keep requesting additional time..and the next thing you know, it will be election day with those same gerrymandered districts in 2014. If they do rule that the districts are drawn incorrectly, what it the remedy? Do the votes then get recounted under the former lines? This is too drawn out, and too innocuous a process for average citizens to follow. It almost feels to be a smoky filled, back room collusion.

    More than anything, this points out to a Independent redrawing of legislative districts!