National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, et al. v. Merrill, et al.
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.
- Complaint (June 28, 2018)