Governor John Bel Edwards issued a statement regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s stay of the Middle District Court’s ruling that Louisiana’s congressional maps must be redrawn to include a second African-American district

Shreveport, LA – Governor John Bel Edwards released the following statement:

“Today’s ruling from the Supreme Court is more than a little disappointing.

The District Court’s well-reasoned 157 page decision clearly demonstrated that the maps passed by the legislature do not comply with Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act.

Black Louisianans make up one third of our population, and one third of our districts should be majority Black when such a map can be drawn, and, as has been clearly demonstrated, that map is more compact, better adheres to the legal principles governing redistricting, and will perform.  

As I have always maintained, it is about simple math, basic fairness, and the rule of law.”

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