The Mississippi Senate has adopted a plan to increase the black voting age population in one of its districts to try to satisfy a federal court order.
The plan would affect two of the 52 Senate districts – one that’s the subject of a lawsuit and one that’s next to it in the Delta.
A federal appeals court March 15 upheld the ruling of a district judge, who said the current Senate District 22 dilutes black voting strength. The district has a 51 percent black voting age population and a white Republican senator.
The proposal would give that district a 58 percent black voting age population and change the black voting age population in District 13 from 69 percent to 62 percent.
The plan goes to the House for consideration.