3 options presented to court in conference on NAACP’s redistricting suit

Three primary options were presented to the court:

•Have legislative candidates run under the current districts and take up redistricting in 2012, as advocated by Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann.

•Approve on an interim basis the redistricting maps created by each chamber that went part way through the legislative process, a position supported largely by Democrat-led groups.

•Appoint an expert to draw new House and Senate districts from scratch as the Mississippi Republican Party and Gov. Haley Barbour want.

Though their remedies differed, almost every lawyer making presentations Friday expressed a desire to avoid the cost and hassle of back-to-back legislative elections as happened in the early 1990s.

Clarion Ledger
4/23/11