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Trump-Appointed Judges Struck Down a New Black Congressional District. Voters Aim to Save It.

Photo:  Protesters in Atlanta, Georgia, on 9 December 2021. Photograph: Erik S Lesser/EPA

 

Black Louisiana voters are working against the clock to keep a panel of conservative federal judges from blocking a new majority-Black congressional district from being in effect for the November election.

The Louisiana state conference of the NAACP, advocating for that district, asked the US supreme court on Wednesday to put on hold the order of the fifth circuit court of appeals, which on 30 April invalidated Louisiana’s new congressional district map for the 2024 election.

State lawmakers redrew congressional district lines this year to comply with the order of Shelly Dick, the chief US district judge of Baton Rouge, who after years of litigation ruled in Robinson v Landry in January that Louisiana’s district lines unfairly denied Black voters the ability to elect candidates of their choice under the Voting Rights Act.

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