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Louisiana granted extra time to draw new congressional map that complies with Voting Rights Act

Associated Press

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana lawmakers now have until the end of January to draw and pass new congressional boundaries to replace the current map that a federal judge says dilutes the power of the state’s Black voters. Republican Gov.-elect Jeff Landry has vowed to call a special redistricting session once he is inaugurated Jan. 8. Louisiana is among the list of states still wrangling over congressional districts. Louisiana’s current GOP-drawn map has white majorities in five of six districts — despite Black people accounting for one-third of the state’s population.

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