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Arkansas State Conf. NAACP v. Arkansas Board of Apportionment

Last Updated Jun 28, 2024
Case No. 4:21-cv-01239 (E.D. Ark.), No. 22-1395 (8th Cir.), No. 23A929 (S. Ct.)
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A federal challenge to the state House redistricting plan, as violating Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act.

On Feb. 17, 2022, the Court determined that Section 2 of the VRA does not afford a private right of action.  When the Department of Justice did not seek to intervene as a plaintiff, the court dismissed the case.

On Nov. 20, 2023, the 8th Circuit affirmed the district court’s dismissal of the case.  On Jan. 30, 2024, the circuit denied a request for rehearing en banc.

(Even without a private cause of action, plaintiffs in other cases may use another statute – 42 USC § 1983 – to assert a violation of section 2 of the Voting Rights Act.)


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