Mississippi requests new hearing in redistricting lawsuit

Source: MGN

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Attorneys for Gov. Phil Bryant and Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann filed papers Monday asking the entire 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to hear arguments in a redistricting lawsuit filed by black plaintiffs.

The lawsuit challenges the drawing of a Senate district, which stretches from mostly black and poor parts of the rural Delta into mostly white and affluent suburbs outside Jackson. The district has a 51% black voting age population and a white Republican senator.

A federal judge ruled in February that the district dilutes black voting power and ordered it to be redrawn. An appeals court panel upheld the ruling.

Legislators have redrawn the contested district and one other.