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Nairne v. Landry (was Ardoin)

Last Updated Jul 17, 2024
Case No. 3:22-cv-00178 (M.D. La.), No. 24-30115 (5th Cir.)
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Federal court challenge to Louisiana’s enacted state legislative maps as violations of §2 of the Voting Rights Act.

On Aug. 30, 2022, the court granted a motion to stay proceedings pending the Supreme Court’s resolution of Milligan v. Merrill.  After Milligan was decided on June 8, 2023, the court resumed proceedings.

On Feb. 8, 2024, the court struck down the maps as violations of the Voting Rights Act.  In so doing, the court rejected claims that the application of the VRA was unconstitutional, and claims that the VRA contains no private cause of action.  The decision has been appealed.

While the appeal is pending, plaintiffs have sought a special election under new maps before the next regularly-scheduled state legislative elections in 2027.


Case filings, starting with most recent court
    Name Last Modified
Document icon Plaintiffs' motion for special electoin Feb 13, 2024
Document icon Opposition Feb 20, 2024
Document icon Reply (incl. exhs.) Apr 10, 2024
Document icon Order deferring ruling May 3, 2024

Map | Challenged state Senate plan

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Map | Challenged state House plan

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