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Appeals court rules for Hattiesburg ward redistricting

The U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that Hattiesburg’s five-district ward plan does not dilute the voting power of African American residents.

According to a judgment filed Monday before Chief Judge Carl E. Stewart and circuit judges Catharina Haynes and Edith Brown Clement, the court found no error in the city’s system, which under a Revised Proposed Redistricting Plan consists of three majority white wards and two majority African American wards.

The Hattiesburg American reports the 2013 suit marked the second time in the past eight years black Hattiesburg residents/voters sued over the drawing of the lines in the five city wards. Both lawsuits that argued that redistricting in Hattiesburg had harmed black voters were dismissed.

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