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Louisiana attorney general sues to retain congressional seats

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November 15, 2011


BATON ROUGE, LA: Less than a month after winning re-election, Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell is fighting to keep Louisiana's seven congressional seats. Under new congressional district plan, a result of national redistricting based on the 2010 census, Louisiana has six seats in Congress - one fewer than it has had for the last ten years.

Caldwell's office has filed a lawsuit with the U.S. Supreme Court, alleging the census "included illegal foreign nationals along with holders of guest-worker visas and student visas" in it's 2012 national population count. He explained "Louisiana's complaint simply asks the court to require the federal government to re-calculate the 2012 apportionment of U.S. House of Representatives seats based on legal residents, just as the U.S. Constitution requires."[1] Thus far, Louisiana is the only state to have filed such a suit.