Judges, aware of looming elections, vow to address redistricting quickly

After a roughly six-hour hearing, the leader of a three-judge federal panel handling a dispute over redistricting promised to act quickly in determining which House and Senate maps will be used for the upcoming elections.

“We will begin to work on some resolution,” Judge Grady Jolly of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said at the closing of the hearing. “It will be treated expeditiously because we’re keenly aware” of the upcoming June 1 qualifying deadline for legislative candidates, he said.

It appears most likely the court will order elections under the current maps drawn in 2002 or legislative candidates will run under the House and Senate maps partially approved during the 2011 legislative session.

Clarion Ledger
5/10/11