BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Civil rights organizations are suing to block Louisiana’s new congressional map.
The lawsuit argues that legislators are violating the 1965 Voting Rights Act due to the fact that they are not adding a second majority-Black district.
“It’s disrespectful to Black voters,” said NAACP Legal Defense Attorney Victoria Wenger. “Black voters should be able to elect their candidate of choice.”
On Wednesday, for the first time in decades, the legislature overturned the governor’s veto. Governor John Bel Edwards’ veto came due to the map having only one majority-minority district. Conservatives ruled on the fact that the population did not grow enough according to the U.S. census to have another Black-majority district.
“In a state where one-third of the population, the voting population is Black, it just makes no mathematical sense or doesn’t comply with the law that there is not a second majority-Black district out of the six congressional seats,” said Wenger.
The lawsuit, according to Wenger, “will be a long fight” but says she stands with the people of Louisiana to fight.
Click here to read the lawsuit filed.