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Gerrymandering lawsuits linger as next redistricting nears

Jan 11, 2019 |

As the 2019 state legislative sessions get underway, a busy year of legal battles also is beginning over lingering allegations that hundreds of electoral districts across the country were illegally drawn to the disadvantage of particular voters or political parties.

In Arkansas the issue involves racial gerrymandering that allegedly took place in the redistricting of the U.S. Congressional districts, specifically the 1st district in the Eastern side of the side. All four Congressional seats in Arkansas are held by Republicans.

To date a federal judicial panel ruled last August the publisher of the Little Rock Sun, a black community newspaper, did not have legal standing to bring a lawsuit alleging the boundaries of the 1st district had been redrawn dilute the voting strength of black residents.

The U.S. Supreme Court dismissed an appeal last Dec. 10. For the record, Democrats controlled both the Legislature and governor's office during the 2011 redistricting.

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