Illinois Redistricting: Black Democrats Concerned About Minority Representation In Redrawn Districts

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(Huffington Post) — Three African-American congressmen from Illinois have expressed concern over the state’s redrawn House and Senate boundaries, suggesting the redistricting may violate the Voting Rights Act and underrepresent minority voters.  Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. announced Tuesday that he will critically examine the implications of the new boundaries, which broke up key Republican districts and locked in a vast majority of Democratic strongholds.  “I’ve been asked by Congressman [Bobby] Rush and Congressman [Danny] Davis to look into both maps and their implications for Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, which all three of our districts are the byproduct of,” Jackson said Tuesday, according toRoll Call. “And at this time, I have not made a judgment, one way or the other.”

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