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Federal Court intercedes on Mississippi redistricting

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The federal court was asked to intercede in the controversy after the Mississippi House and Senate couldn't agree on a redistricting plan earlier this year. The 122 House and 52 Senate districts are updated after every census to reflect population changes and to uphold the constitutional principle of one person-one vote.

The NAACP filed suit seeking federal court intervention, along with other plaintiffs, including Forrest County Supervisor Rod Woullard, who said, "We had forty-something of the 52 senators to vote to the affirmative for this and only six voted against it, until the Lieutenant Governor decided to get in the middle of this. And that's when we went to a three judge panel. I'm disappointed, it's going to cost taxpayers' dollars for us to run again, but if that's the way it has to be, we've waited ten years so if one more year is what we have to wait for, then I guess we will."

Secretary of State, Delbert Hosemann, applauded this conclusion, saying it's a victory for the Mississippi Constitution, which states, 'the legislature is not required to reapportion itself until its regular session in 2012.'

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