National Association for the Advancement of Colored People v. Merrill
The NAACP, along with the NAACP Connecticut State Conference and five Connecticut NAACP members, filed a lawsuit in federal district court contending that Connecticut’s 2011 state legislative maps violate the “one person, one vote” principle of the Fourteenth Amendment because of unlawful prison gerrymandering. The plaintiffs define prison gerrymandering as the practice of counting prisoners as residents of the district in which they are imprisoned rather than at their home addresses for the purpose of drawing state legislative districts. The plaintiffs argue that this practice dilutes the voting power of the predominantly African American and Latino prisoners’ home communities.
The plaintiffs have asked the court to enjoin the 2011 maps. In the event the legislature does not pass a constitutional redistricting plan, the plaintiffs request the court order a new set of maps to be drawn.
On February 15, 2019, the court denied the defendants' motion to dismiss.
- Complaint (June 28, 2018)
- Motion to Dismiss (September 6, 2018)
- Defendants' Brief in Support of Motion to Dismiss (September 6, 2018)
- Motion to Stay Discovery (September 6, 2018)
- Plaintiffs' Reply in Opposition to Motion to Stay Discovery (October 4, 2018)
- Plaintiffs' Reply in Opposition to Motion to Dismiss (October 4, 2018)
- Defendants' Reply Brief in Further Support of Motion to Dismiss (October 18, 2018)
- Defendants' Reply Brief in Further Support of Motion to Stay Discovery (October 18, 2018)
- Order Denying Motion to Dismiss (February 15, 2019)