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Hinds supervisor sues board

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The Hinds County Board of Supervisors has been hit with a federal lawsuit. And the one who filed the suit in U-S District Court Wednesday is a Hinds County supervisor.

Now that the Department of Justice has not objected to the board's redistricting plan, district four supervisor, Phil Fisher is questioning the constitutionality of a Supreme Court ruling in a similar North Carolina redistricting case.

Fisher also claims fellow supervisors failed to follow several Mississippi statutes in implementing the redistricting plan.

Fisher said, "We believe that instead of moving a number of precincts around that we could've moved only two precincts around and instead of affecting many, many, many thousands of people we could've only affected a few, a very few thousand in order to make the voting districts fall within the criteria necessary and be fair to everybody in the county."

Fisher said he was serving in Afghanistan at the time the board was considering four different redistricting plans, which limited his ability to fully participate in the meeting.

We left a voice mail message for comment from board president Robert Graham but we had not received a reply by news time.

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