Posted on July 9, 2024

Federal Court Rules Mississippi Must Add New Black-Majority State Districts

Don Jacobson, UPI, July 3, 2024

A federal court has ordered that the state of Mississippi must redraw its state Legislative districting map to include more Black-majority Senate and House districts.

In a ruling issued late Tuesday by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, the court agreed with civil rights advocates that the districting map adopted and approved by the Republican-majority state Legislature and administration two years ago violates Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, unlawfully diluting the electoral power of Mississippi’s Black residents.


The court determined the plaintiffs had successfully demonstrated that Mississippians’ voting access was affected by “racially polarized” districts rather than political party preferences as argued by the state. It also agreed that while Black Mississippians’ population grew and that of the White population declined after 2010, the 2022 redistricting maps did not reflect that change.