JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi lawmakers are gone from the Capitol, but arguments about legislative redistricting are continuing with a flurry of papers filed in federal court.
Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann is asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
The NAACP seeks to block elections in the current but outdated 122 House districts and 52 Senate districts because some districts have far more residents than others.
Hosemann, a Republican, argued in papers filed April 1 that the state constitution gives lawmakers until 2012 to draw new districts. He says the lawsuit, therefore, should be dismissed.
The NAACP responded Friday that Hosemann is wrong. It says the court can draw new districts after lawmakers try but fail to do so.
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