U.S. Fifth Circuit of Appeals denies Miss. NAACP request for new legislative elections in 2013

Three federal judges say they will not order Mississippi to hold a new round of legislative elections in 2013.

The order came Monday in a lawsuit that the state chapter of the NAACP had filed earlier to challenge state House and Senate redistricting.

Current lawmakers were elected in November 2011 in districts that were drawn a decade ago. The 52 senators and 122 House members serve four-year terms.

In September, the U.S. Justice Department approved new legislative district lines that account for population changes revealed by the 2010 Census.

AP
11/19/12