State of Louisiana

Louisiana Congressional Redistricting Challenge (Galmon)

Galmon v. Ardoin

Lawsuit filed on behalf of a group of Black voters against Louisiana’s new congressional map. The map became law on March 30 after the Louisiana Legislature overrode Gov. John Bel Edwards’ (D) previous veto of the map. The plaintiffs argue that the map does not fairly represent Black voters in the state and instead “cracks” and “packs” Black voters so that they can only elect their candidate of choice in one out of six congressional districts, despite the fact that Black residents make up one-third of Louisiana’s population. The lawsuit alleges that the new districts dilute the voting strength of Black voters in violation of Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act. The lawsuit asks the court to block the new map and order the creation of a new map that contains a second majority-Black district.

STATUS: The lawsuit was consolidated with Robinson v. Ardoin; all future filings and updates can be found on that case page.

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