Today, the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, the ACLU Voting Rights Practice, American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana, Louisiana State Conference of the NAACP, and Power Coalition for Equity and Justice submitted written testimony regarding congressional redistricting to the Louisiana Committee on House and Governmental Affairs and the Committee on Senate Governmental Affairs in advance of the upcoming roadshow. The coalition’s testimony came in response to remarks made by Chair Stefanski at a November 22 press conference about potential objections to drawing a second majority-Black opportunity district. Rep. Stefanski’s comments misinterpret federal and state law and misconstrue the Coalition maps, and the testimony submitted by the coalition corrects those inaccuracies and provides further guidance on the committee’s obligation to comply with Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act and the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Below are examples of Rep. Stefanski’s inaccuracies addressed in LDF’s letter:
Read the full letter and view the coalition’s maps here.
LDF has been closely monitoring the redistricting processes in Louisiana and other key states to prevent discriminatory redistricting plans and ensure that legislatures comply with their obligations under the Voting Rights Act and the U.S. Constitution. Read more about LDF’s redistricting work here.
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