JACKSON — Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann is celebrating a victory in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on the redrawing of the state’s voting districts.
The Mississippi NAACP had challenged the state’s 2011 state elections because the Legislature did not immediately use the 2010 census to draw new district lines in 2011. The state House and Senate instead argued for several weeks before ending their 2011 session without adopting new maps.
The NAACP had asked for that election to be set aside and special elections to be held under a court-ordered plan. It said that using the old maps violated the one-person, one-vote principle by diluting African-American voting strength.
Courts affirmed a ruling that allowed state lawmakers to run in their old districts that year.
The justices, without comment, upheld the lower court rulings.
In a statement, Hosemann wrote: “(Yesterday), the United States Supreme Court affirmed my opinion the Mississippi Constitution should control the election of our Legislature. The ruling upheld the Mississippi Constitution, which states Mississippi redistricts itself every 10 years.
“Redistricting should be completed by the Legislature in accordance with our Constitution…
“Further, by rejecting the NAACP’s appeal, the Supreme Court has guaranteed our Legislators will not have to run in special elections before the next regular election in 2015. This is a significant savings of taxpayer dollars.”