Black plaintiffs accept 2 new Mississippi Senate districts
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — African American residents who sued Mississippi say they accept legislators’ plan to redraw two state Senate districts in a way that could increase black representation at the state Capitol.
A lawsuit filed by black plaintiffs challenges a Senate district stretching from mostly black and poor parts of the rural Delta into mostly white and affluent suburbs outside Jackson. The district has a 51% black voting age population and a white Republican senator.
A federal judge ruled in February that the district dilutes black voting power.
The plan adopted by legislators gives the district a 58% black voting age population by swapping some Delta precincts. An adjoining district goes from 69% black voting age population to 62%.
The new districts are being used in this year’s elections.