Today, Governor John Bel Edwards released the following statement on the Louisiana Legislature’s failure to draw a majority-majority African-American second congressional district, as ordered by the Intermediate States District Court -United.

Governor Edwards said:

“It is disappointing that after every opportunity to do the right thing and create a majority-majority African-American Second Congressional District, as ordered by the U.S. Court for the Intermediate District, the Legislature has once again more failed to do so. The current map passed by lawmakers violates Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act. That’s why I vetoed it.

“According to the latest U.S. Census, Louisiana’s voting population is one-third black, which means our congressional map of six districts should contain at least two majority African-American districts as long as they can be drawn in a way that satisfies the law. principles governing redistricting. As the trial court rightly concluded, it is indeed possible. Unfortunately, the legislature has now twice rejected such a card. As you’ve heard me say before, it’s a simple matter of calculation, fundamental fairness and the rule of law.

“The irony of all ironies is that for the first time yesterday, Louisiana recognized June 19 as an official holiday. And today, the holiday, which celebrates the day enslaved Americans learned their freedom, it is clear that our African American brothers and sisters are still fighting for fair representation Louisiana, we can and must do better than this.