On March 30, 2022, a coalition of civil rights organizations and Louisiana voters filed a federal lawsuit against Louisiana's Secretary of State challenging the state's enacted congressional redistricting plan as violating the Voting Rights Act. The plaintiffs allege the enacted plan fails to create a second majority-Black congressional district, thereby resulting in the dilution of Black voters' voting strength in violation of Section 2 of the VRA. They are seeking a judicial declaration that the enacted plan violates the VRA, a preliminary and permanent injunction barring the defendants from using the plan in future elections, and a court order requiring the adoption of a new congressional plan which includes two majority-Black districts.

On April 12, 2022, the district court consolidated this action with two other challenges to Louisiana's redistricting plans, Galmon v. Ardoin and Nairne v. Ardoin. On June 6, 2022, the district court granted the plaintiffs' request for a preliminary injunction and barred the enacted congressional plan from being used in future elections after ruling the plaintiffs were likely to prevail on their Section 2 claim. The court ordered the State to enact a remedial plan by June 20, 2022. Several defendants and the legislative intervenors appealed this ruling to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit the same day. On June 9, the Fifth Circuit issued an administrative stay of the district court's injunction pending further review of the court. The court lifted its administrative stay and denied the motion for stay pending appeal three days later.

On June 17, Louisiana's Secretary of State filed an emergency application for an administrative stay, stay pending appeal, and petition for writ of certiorari before judgment with the U.S. Supreme Court. On June 28, the U.S. Supreme Court granted the application and stayed the district court's preliminary injunction, thereby allowing the enacted plan to be used in the 2022 election. The Court's order granted a writ of certiorari before judgment and stated it would hold the case in abeyance pending its ruling in the Alabama redistricting case before it, Merrill v. Milligan.

Related Cases: Galmon v. Ardoin; Milligan v. Merrill; Caster v. Merrill

Similar Case: Nairne v. Ardoin


U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana - No. 3:22-cv-211 [together with Nos. 3:22-cv-178, 3:22-cv-214]

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit - No. 22-30333

U.S. Supreme Court - No. 21-1596 [Ardoin v. Robinson] [formerly No. 21A814]

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit - No. 22-30333 [Remand]

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit - No. 23-30642

U.S. Supreme Court - No. 23A281

U.S. Supreme Court - No. 23A282