Today, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (“LDF”) submitted a letter to the Louisiana State House and Governmental Affairs Committee outlining recommendations for House Concurrent Resolution (“HCR”) 90, which establishes criteria for redistricting maps for the United States Congress, the Louisiana House of Representatives, the Louisiana Senate, the state Supreme Court, the Public Service Commission, and the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. The criteria set forth in HCR 90 are vital to the development of fair maps for important bodies that will determine the allocation of political power and representation across the state for at least the next ten years. LDF urges Louisiana lawmakers to adopt these recommendations before voting on HCR 90.
LDF’s recommendations include:
–Ensure That Population Deviation Restrictions are Consistent with Federal Law.
–Ensure That Compliance with Federal Requirements, Including Section 2 and the U.S. Constitution, Take Priority Over Other Considerations.
–Adopt Best Practices for Transparency, Public Involvement, and Fair Representation in the Redistricting Process.
Read the full letter here.
UPDATE: On Wednesday, June 2nd, LDF submitted additional written testimony to the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee.
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