Case Summary

On April 26, 2021, a group of registered voters filed a lawsuit against the Louisiana Secretary of State, challenging the state's current congressional districts as unconstitutional. The plaintiffs allege that due to population shifts that have occurred over the last decade, the state's present districts are now malapportioned in violation of the one person, one vote constitutional requirement, and that the Governor and State Legislature will be unable to reach a consensus on enacting a new plan in time for the upcoming 2022 elections. The plaintiffs are seeking a declaratory judgment that Louisiana's current congressional districts are unconstitutionally malapportioned in violation of Article I, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution and Article I, Sections 7 and 9 of the Louisiana Constitution, and an injunction barring the defendant from giving any effect to the districts. They also request that the court implement a new constitutionally compliant congressional district plan if the state's political branches fail to enact a plan by a date set by the Court.

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Louisiana District Court, Parish of New Orleans - 2021-03538