One ACLU forced redistricting down, more yet to go

The AP is reporting today (via the Argus Leader's website) that the county commission redistricting case in Charles Mix county has been approved by Judge Piersol:

A federal judge has approved a redistricting plan forged by the Charles Mix County Commission after it was sued by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of several American Indians in a voting rights lawsuit.

U.S. District Judge Lawrence Piersol said the plan, which established a commissioner district with a majority of Indians, solves the problem of having too large a deviation in the populations of the three county commissioner districts.

Piersol had ruled earlier that the previous districts were unconstitutional.

Commissioners redrew them in November, and an Indian won the Democratic primary on June 6. Sharon Drapeau, who is one of the plaintiffs in the ACLU lawsuit, automatically will become a county commissioner on Jan. 1 because no Republican ran in that district.

Read it all here, as we still wait for the resolution on the bigger question on the legislative district revamping that has several districts in South Central South Dakota in chaos. (It's not terrible chaos, as everybody is expecting it to be upheld.)


Anonymous said…
Forced because the previous scheme was against the law and disenfranchised Native Americans, of course.

And I bet you wonder why people on the rez don't vote Republican.
Anonymous said…
Reminds me of Stan's brilliant idea in the Legislature a few years ago. Forced consolidation of school districts to coincide with legislative districts- 35 of them. When someone asked the obvious question " What happens every 10 years when we must redistrict?" Stan showed what a genius he is by stating "I never thought of that!"

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