Stephen Wolf @PoliticsWolf @DKElections staff writer covering voting rights, gerrymandering, maps, & poli sci. Get the free Voting Rights Roundup weekly newsletter Jul. 23, 2019 1 min read

A new lawsuit is challenging Louisiana's state Supreme Court district map (in place since 1999) for discriminating against black voters in violation of the Voting Rights Act. Only 1 of the 7 districts favors black voters in a state that is 1/3 black 

A similar lawsuit is ongoing over Louisiana's Republican-gerrymandered congressional map, which only has 1 heavily black district out of 6. I've previously drawn these two maps to illustrate how Louisiana could have drawn 2 black congressional districts 

A lawsuit filed this week is challenging Louisiana's state Supreme Court districts for violating black voters' rights. Here's how the districts could easily be redrawn (& no longer so badly malapportioned) so two districts (2 & 6) would favor black voters 

District 2 on this map has a narrow white plurality, & District 6 has a narrow black plurality. According to Dave's Redistricting App, both would be safely Democratic at D+15 & D+7 Cook PVIs, respectively

Relatedly, I drew this map in 2015 showing how Louisiana could've had a second black congressional district last decade when it had 7 districts total. Districts 2 & 6 here would've been majority black at the 2000 census. That's two straight decades of black underrepresentation

Louisiana did have a second black congressional district in the 1992 election, which was struck down in court for racial gerrymandering, & the 1994 election, which also got struck down. But those maps weren't anywhere near as compact as the maps I've drawn 

A good question for redistricting/election lawyers on a topic (judicial redistricting) that I'm not as well-versed in: Why was Louisiana not required to redistrict its badly malapportioned state Supreme Court districts to comply with one person, one vote?

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