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NAACP chapters sue to block redistricting

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — Local branches of the NAACP have filed lawsuits that seek to extend election qualifying deadlines in more than a dozen Mississippi counties until voting boundaries can be redrawn based on new census information.

The lawsuits were filed yesterday in federal courts in south and north Mississippi.

Today was the deadline for candidates to qualify to run in 2011 elections for county and municipal offices.

NAACP attorney Carroll Rhodes said qualifying deadlines should be pushed back until June 1 to give county supervisors time to redraw districts based on the 2010 census.

The lawsuits involve the following counties: Adams, Amite, Claiborne, Copiah, Desoto, Panola, Pike, Simpson, Tallahatchie, Tunica, Warren, Webster and Winston.

Rhodes said more lawsuits could be filed.

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