(JACKSON, Miss.) The Mississippi NAACP is asking federal judges to redraw the state House and Senate districts that were approved by the Justice Department last month. The group also wants the judges to set new legislative elections in 2013, two years ahead of the normal schedule.
The state chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People filed its lawsuit Saturday, saying the legislative lines approved by the Justice Department "result in discrimination against African-American voters" because too few majority-black districts were drawn by the Republican-controlled House and Senate.
Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said Monday that the districts approved by the Justice Department are fair, and he opposes both a redrawing of those districts and a new round of elections.