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Senate Democrats joining redistricting lawsuit

JACKSON — The Senate Democratic Caucus has voted to join a lawsuit that’s been filed over Mississippi redistricting.

The group of Democrats voted yesterday to hire an attorney. Sen. Bob Dearing of Natchez says the lawmakers want to protect their interests.

The current redistricting lawsuit was filed by the state chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. It seeks to block elections this year using the existing boundaries in the 122 state House districts and 52 state Senate districts. The suit argues that the current districts — which have been used for the past decade — are unbalanced by population and violate the one-person, one-vote principle.

Lawmakers have been unable to reach an agreement on new redistricting maps to reflect population changes revealed by the 2010 Census.

Source: Associated Press

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