Hosemann to fight redistricting battle to ‘final conclusion’

by For the MBJ

Published: June 10,2011

Tags: census, discrimination, elections, lawsuit, Politics, redistricting, state government

JACKSON — Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann has responded to the NAACP’s announcement that it would appeal the ruling of a three-judge federal panel concerning redistricting.

Hosemann wrote in a statement: “A month ago, the federal court sided in our favor to follow the state constitution and give our elected lawmakers another year to finish the redistricting process. The court allowed legislators to run for Office in their existing lines…

“Now, the NAACP and the Mississippi Democratic Party have appealed the decision to the United States Supreme Court.

“I continue to believe the state constitution has provided a roadmap for redistricting. When we lose that roadmap, we lose our direction as a state and as a nation. Therefore, I will proceed with the upcoming elections as planned, unless otherwise ordered by the United States Supreme Court. I believe the Supreme Court will also recognize the right of Mississippi as a state to conduct redistricting without federal intervention. I will vigorously fight this battle to its final conclusion.”

Source: Secretary of State’s Office

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