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Louisiana:
What PR super districts might look like

This map is an example of how full representation voting systems -- such as choice voting, one-vote voting and cumulative voting can be vehicles for providing fair representation for black voters.  Existing U.S. House districts, numbered 1 through 7, have been combined into two larger "super districts", A and B. The voting-age-populations (VAP) and black share of these populations are shown below.  The percentage of votes necessary to win is based on use of a full representation voting system.

In 1967,Congress passed a law requiring states to use one-seat U.S. House districts. This year, Congressman Mel Watt has introduced a bill called the States' Choice of Voting Systems Act (HR 1173) which would lift this requirement.  Similar super-district plans could be used for local and state redistricting plans in 2001-2.

 
 

Louisiana
Super Districts

Northern District  A
4 seats
Southern District  B
3 seats
Population:  2,413.973 1,806,000
Population per seat: 603,493 602,000
Winning Percentage: 20.1% 25.1%
Non-white % of VAP: 33.4% 28.2%
Voting Rights Analysis: Minority voters could elect a candidate of choice. Minority voters could elect a candidate of choice.

For more information, contact:

The Center for Voting and Democracy
www.fairvote.org

cvdusa@aol.com
301-270-4616