Remedial Map Hearing Begins

On October 3-5, at 9:00 AM each day, the Remedial Map Hearing will be held at the Russell B. Long Federal Building and Courthouse, 777 Florida St., Baton Rouge, LA 70801. During the hearing the Court will consider what Congressional map to adopt. Plaintiffs and Defendants are presenting maps.

U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals Issued a Temporary Stay

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit vacated its administrative stay of the federal district court’s decision overturning the state’s congressional map and denied motions to stay the district court’s decision pending appeal.

Oral Arguments Begin

Oral Arguments will begin at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, 600 Camp Street, New Orleans, LA 70130. We are arguing the merits of the case, which is the question of whether the enacted maps violate the Voting Rights Act.

Robinson v. Ardoin Injunction Hearing Announced

The Middle District Court ordered the preliminary injunction hearing to enact a new congressional map will advance on October 3-5 at 9:00 AM CT in Courtroom Three, Russell B. Long Federal Building and United States Courthouse, 777 Florida St, Baton Rouge, LA 70801.

Opinion Given on Alan v. Milligan

The U.S. Supreme Court Issued its opinion in Allen v. Milligan where they affirmed the importance of fair maps under Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act.

Temporary Halt Lifted on Robinson v. Ardoin

The U.S. Supreme Court lifted the temporary halt on the lawsuit, which had been paused in the Louisiana case. This pause occurred while the court was examining a similar challenge concerning Alabama’s congressional map. The Supreme Court’s order of lifting the temporary halt on the lawsuit will allow Louisiana’s challenge to continue ahead of time for the 2024 congressional elections.  

Amicus Brief Filed

Amicus brief in support of the plaintiffs in Robinson v. Ardoin filed in a similar case from Alabama Merrill v. Milligan

U.S. Supreme Court Issued a Stay

The U.S. Supreme Court issued a stay on the case of Robinson v. Ardoin while the Supreme Court considers a similar case from Alabama, Merrill v. Milligan. That case will go to oral argument October 4, 2022.

Redistricting Roadshows Start

Redistricting Roadshows start. Power Coalition starts Redistricting mini-grants, Redistricting coffee chat trainings, Redistricting community dinners, and Faith-Based Teach-In Trainings. These events spanned across the state of Louisiana and some were held virtually.

Redistricting Crowd Academies

Power Coalition continues to prepare the community for conversation around redistricting by hosting Redistricting Crowd Academies.

Redistricting Fellows

Three Redistricting Fellows brought on to the Power Coalition team to help train and engage the community.

Redistricting Academies Held

Redistricting Academies held. Power Coalition started working around the state to train legislators and our communities on fair and equitable redistricting and representation.

Census Collection Begins

Census begins being collected. Power Coalition ran a year-long, statewide Count Me In campaign to get every person and community counted. The Count Me In campaign started before the COVID-19-related shutdowns occurred. The original campaign integrated in-person events, in-person canvassing, phone and text banking, as well as a robust digital campaign. With the stay-at-home order beginning in March, we quickly moved to a virtual campaign with targeted ads, text messages, phone banking, mailers, and a robust social media campaign that provided accurate, reliable and easy-to-understand information about the census.

Testimony Given in the Senate

The Senate hears SB 3 by Senator Ward proposing two majority Black districts. Senator Ward pulls SB 3 after realizing a compromise cannot be met. Legislative Special Session adjourns early without creating a new map as ordered by the court. Five different bills filed would have created two majority-minority districts. Only one was reported from the committee.

Senate Bill 2

Senate Bill 2, Senator Sharon Hewitt, R-Slidell

Senate Bill 3

Senate Bill 3, Senator Rick Ward, R-Port Allen

House Bill 4

House Bill 4 by Representative Barry Ivey, R-Baton Rouge

House Bill 3

House Bill 3 by Representative Barry Ivey, R-Baton Rouge

House Bill 2

House Bill 2 by Representative Clay Schexnayder, R-Gonzales

House Bill 1

House Bill 1 by Royce Duplessis, D-New Orleans

House of Representatives Takes Day Off

The Speaker of the Louisiana House of Representatives gave members the day off. Filed motion to ask the federal judge for a 10-day extension to redraw Louisiana’s congressional districts to meet the court-ordered deadline of June 20, 2022. Judge Shelly Dick denied the request for more time to submit new congressional districts.

Special Redistricting Session Starts

The Louisiana Legislature met to start the Special Redistricting Session. The Senate hears SB 1 by Senator Fields. The House introduces four map bills in committee– HB 1, 2, 3, and 4.  

Special Session Called by Governor

Gov. John Bel Edwards called a special session, June 15 through June 20, of Louisiana’s Legislature to redraw Louisiana’s Congressional district maps with two majority Black districts, as required by the ruling of the U.S. Court for the Middle District of Louisiana.

Federal Court Hearing Ends

Arguments wrapped up at the Middle District Court of Louisiana in the fight to challenge Louisiana’s congressional map.

Lawsuit Filed

Civil rights groups and Black Louisiana voters filed a lawsuit in federal court challenging the state’s new congressional map as a violation of the Voting Rights Act.

Appeal Filed by Secretary of State

Louisiana Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin appealed the district court’s decision to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Governor Vetoes Congressional Redistricting Map

Governor John Bel Edwards vetoes the congressional redistricting map drawn by Louisiana’s Legislature because it does not add a second majority-minority district. He also announced he would not sign the state House and Senate district maps passed in the redistricting session, allowing them to become law without his approval.

Court Decision

Judge Shelly Dick of the U.S. Middle District Court of Louisiana struck down the congressional district boundaries that Louisiana enacted on March 30, 2022 when the state legislature overrode Gov. John Bel Edwards. The State Legislature ordered to produce a revised map of the state’s six congressional districts by June 20, 2022. Also directed the state to extend the filing deadline for House candidates, originally set for June 22, and adjusted to July 8. 

February 2022:
Special Legislative Session

The state legislature relies on Census data, public input, and experts to draft district maps Hearings are held on proposed district maps The legislature votes on maps