Case Summary

On September 2, 2020, Bonnie Miller, member of the League of Women Voters of Arkansas and Chairperson of Arkansas Voters First, filed suit against John Thurston, in his capacity as the Secretary of State of Arkansas. The suit alleges that the Arkansas Citizens' Redistricting Commission Amendment should be reinstated to the November 2020 ballot. If approved by voters, the Amendment would would replace the current Board of Apportionment (made up of the governor, the secretary of state, and the attorney general) with the 9-member Citizens' Redistricting Commission. This new commission would be responsible for legislative and congressional redistricting. The initiative was removed from the ballot after a previous round of litigation in both state and federal court.

On September 15, 2020, the court denied a motion for preliminary injunction and dismissed the case with prejudice.

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U.S. District Court for the Western District of Arkansas - 5:20-cv-05163