Since 1923 • For a greater Loyola

The Maroon

Since 1923 • For a greater Loyola

The Maroon

Since 1923 • For a greater Loyola

The Maroon

A majority-Black district has been redrawn into six districts

The+Capitol+is+seen+as+Congress+resumes+following+a+long+break+and+the+midterm+elections%2C+in+Washington%2C+early+Monday%2C+Nov.+14%2C+2022.+Iowas+lawmakers+vetoed+a+bill+that+would+remove+gender+identity+from+the+states+civil+rights.
J. Scott Applewhite/ AP Photo
The Capitol is seen as Congress resumes following a long break and the midterm elections, in Washington, early Monday, Nov. 14, 2022. Iowa’s lawmakers vetoed a bill that would remove gender identity from the states’ civil rights.

A majority-Black district has now been redrawn into the six congressional districts of Louisiana, marking a win for Democrats and civil rights groups after a legal battle and political tug-of-war that spanned nearly two years.

This was made official on Jan. 19, 2024, following the Democratic party’s assertion that the 2022 districts were misrepresentative of Louisiana’s voter demographic. While Black voters make up one-third of the demographic, there was only one majority-Black district prior to this change, which could deliver an additional seat in Congress to the Democratic Party.

The GOP has resisted drawing another minority district, arguing that the 2022 map is fair and constitutional. But in an about-face this special legislative session, the map received bipartisan support after Republicans said their hands had been tied by a looming Jan. 30 court-mandated deadline and fears that a federal judge, who was nominated by former President Barack Obama, would redraw the map herself if the task was not by completed lawmakers.

The legislation now heads to the desk of Republican Gov. Jeff Landry, where it is expected to receive his seal of approval. During the special session this week, Landry has repeatedly urged the Legislature to adopt a new map that would satisfy the court, instead of possibly putting the task in the hands of “some heavy-handed federal judge.”

Associated Press contributed to this report

Leave a Comment
More to Discover
About the Contributor
Chiara Faircloth, Assistant Worldview Editor
Chiara Faircloth currently serves as The Maroon's Assistant Worldview Editor. Chiara is a sophomore majoring in English and earning an education certification, and she is interested in traveling to Spanish-speaking countries to teach English. In her free time, she is usually with family and friends, watching TV, or reading. Chiara can be reached at [email protected]

Comments (0)

All The Maroon Picks Reader Picks Sort: Newest

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *