Louisiana Impasse Litigation (Bullman)
Bullman v. Ardoin
Lawsuit brought by individual voters challenging Louisiana’s congressional map drawn with 2010 census data after Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) vetoed the new map drawn with 2020 census data that was passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature. Edwards vetoed the map because it does not include a second majority-Black district out of six total districts. Given this impasse, the plaintiffs argue that it is the court’s role to step in and ensure a new map is in place before the next time voters head to the polls — otherwise, Louisiana voters will be forced to vote in unconstitutionally malapportioned districts. The lawsuit asks the court to block the current map and implement a new map using 2020 census data that adheres to the constitutional requirement of one person, one vote. The case was consolidated with NAACP Louisiana State Conference v. Ardoin. This lawsuit became moot after the Legislature overrode Edwards’ veto to enact its previously passed congressional map.