GOP Governor Signs On Major New Election Change

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( – On Monday, Louisiana Gov. Jeff Landry (R) signed a new bill approving the creation of a second majority-Black district in the updated Congressional maps.

The maps were approved last week by the Louisiana state legislature which is going to redraw the Sixth Congressional District so that it becomes the second majority-Black district in the state. Rep. Garret Graves (R-LA) is currently representing the state. The new map also allows the 2nd Congressional District to continue being a majority-Black District.

In a post on X, formerly known as Twitter, Landry announced the signed bill in his post in which he started the “process of necessary structural change” to the state’s election system which is going to simplify the final ballot. He added that with these changes the pen was placed back into the people’s hands.

Landry also signed bills that brought changes to the primary system in the state while also allocating funds to certain state agencies. The remapping of the congressional districts in the state has been an ongoing issue for over a year.

In 2022, former Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) had vetoed a set of maps that the state legislature had passed arguing that the proposed maps were violating the Voting Rights Act as they only included one majority-Black district.

However, the state legislature overrode the veto with a federal judge arguing later that the legislature needed to create a second majority-Black district. However, the Supreme Court ended up pausing the rule which ultimately allowed the usage of the map in the 2022 midterms. Graves was reelected in 2022 willing his fifth term in office.

Last year, the Supreme Court invalidated the congressional maps in Alabama, which resulted in the case being taken up by a federal appeals court that determined that the new majority Black District in the state needed to be created by mid-January.

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