Legislative and congressional redistricting unfinished

STARKVILLE — Mississippi voters have completed their work in the 2011 state legislative elections and now face the question of whether there will be back-to-back state legislative elections because of the failure of state lawmakers to complete their work of legislative redistricting during the 2011 regular session.

But state lawmakers also face the task of congressional redistricting and it now appears that as in 2002, a three-judge federal panel will have to complete that task.

In 2002, Republican appointees U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Grady Jolly and U.S. District Judges Henry Wingate and David Bramlette chose the congressional district lines that formed the state’s four congressional districts.

Sid Salter