One ACLU forced redistricting down, more yet to go
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.)