Court rules on Mississippi's redistricting battle - - Jackson, MS

Court rules on Mississippi's redistricting battle

Delbert Hosemann, Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, Secretary of State
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A three judge panel issued an order Monday on Mississippi's redistricting battle and for now it is over with.

The ruling mandates the state to use current district lines in this years elections.

Lawmakers will then come back next year and go through the same process they went through this year when they failed to come up with an agreeable redistricting plan.

Mississippi's constitution allows the legislature until the end of the 2012 session to have a plan in place.

Once that is done, it will be determined if a special election is necessary.

Monday's ruling sides with the argument of Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann who says it all comes down to the constitution.

"Today the federal court has ruled in favor of protecting our state's right to redistrict without federal intervention in the constitutional process," Secretary of State Hosemann said. "So, today, the state constitution won and we are looking forward to the legislative process beginning."

The order also gave Mississippi lawmakers the option to come back in a special session and approve a plan before the June 1 qualifying deadline.

But that is not expected to happen.

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