Johnson v. Ardoin
Nine African-American voters in Louisiana are challenging the state’s 2011 congressional plan as a violation of Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act (VRA). Plaintiffs allege that the legislature packed African-American voters into the Second Congressional District and split African-American voters among three other congressional districts, rather than unifying them to create a second majority-minority district, thereby having the effect of diluting their voting strength and political influence.
The plaintiffs are asking the court to declare the map violates Section 2 of the VRA and enjoin the state from using the current map in any further congressional elections. The plaintiffs are also asking the court to require that the state adopt a new congressional plan that includes a second majority-minority district.
On July 31, 2018, the Secretary of State filed a motion to dismiss the plaintiff's complaint, and on September 10, filed a separate motion to dismiss the amended complaint. On March 12, 2019, the court denied the first motion to dismiss.
- Complaint (June 13, 2018)
- Defendant's Motion to Dismiss (July 31, 2018)
- Joint Status Report (August 9, 2018)
- First Amended Complaint (August 21, 2018)
- Motion to Dismiss (September 10, 2018)
- Defendants' Brief in Support of Motion to Dismiss (September 10, 2018)
- Plaintiffs' Brief in Opposition of Second Motion to Dismiss (October 12, 2018)
- Plaintiffs' Notice of Supplemental Authority (January 29, 2019)
- Defendant's Brief in Response to Notice of Supplemental Authority (February 5, 2019)
- Plaintiffs' Brief in Support of Notice of Supplemental Authority (February 15, 2019)
- Order Denying First Motion to Dismiss (March 12, 2019)
- Notice of Supplemental Authority (March 26, 2019)
- Response to Notice of Supplemental Authority (April 8, 2019)
- Reply in Support of Notice of Supplemental Authority (April 18, 2019)