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Federal Court Blocks Louisiana’s Latest Congressional Map

The state, which redrew its map after one lawsuit, deals with another.

Photo: Rep. Troy Carter, D-La., represents a Black opportunity district based in New Orleans. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

 

A three-judge federal court in Louisiana stopped the state on Tuesday from using its new congressional map with two Black opportunity districts for any election, setting up a potential last-minute Supreme Court fight ahead of this fall’s election.

The state passed a new congressional map into law in January under a court order, after years of litigation over whether the previous map violated the Voting Rights Act because it minimized the political power of Black voters.

Tuesday’s 2-1 decision stops the state from using that new congressional map, finding the changes the state made to comply with the Voting Rights Act instead violated the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment.

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