New Louisiana congressional map challenged over second majority-black district

A group of voters have challenged Louisiana‘s recently enacted congressional map, alleging it commits “explicit, racial segregation of voters” in violation of the 14th and 15th amendments.

The map was signed into law by Gov. Jeff Landry (R-LA) last month to comply with a court order to create a second majority-black district after a prior map with only one black-majority district was struck down. The lawsuit, filed by 12 nonblack voters, alleged the new map unlawfully discriminates on the basis of race while dividing communities to create the “six bizarre shapes” of the districts.

“The State has engaged in explicit, racial segregation of voters and intentional discrimination against voters based on race. The State has drawn lines between neighbors and divided communities. In most cases, the lines separate African American and non-African American voters from their communities
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