NEW ORLEANS, La. -- You do not have to go back to the polls to elect house and senate leaders next year. The 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals as turned down the NAACP’s request to block new state house and senate districts that were approved by the Justice Department in September, draw new district lines and to set a new round of legislative elections before the regular vote in 2015.
Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann is pleased with the court’s decision. “Today, the Federal Court upheld our position and our Constitution. There will be no costly special election and the elected Legislative Representatives will serve their full four-year terms. Following the law is always a victory for every citizen,” he said in a statement released to News Mississippi.
Legislators ran in 2011 under the old districts that were drawn after the 2000 Census. State law requires district lines to be redrawn ever 10 years to reflect population changes.