Unlike ’91, what comes after remap ruling still unclear

JACKSON – Despite the similarities between this week’s legislative redistricting decision and a ruling two decades ago, the implications this time around are not as clear-cut as they were then.

The most distinct difference is that 20 years ago – in August – when ordering elections to advance in the then-current malapportioned districts, the three-judge panel made it clear that a second round of elections would be scheduled for the following year in newly drawn districts.

In Monday’s ruling, the three-judge panel left for another day – presumably next year – a decision on whether a second round of elections would be held in 2012.