LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Attorneys for a state lawmaker and a group of east Arkansas residents say a redistricting panel should be ordered to redraw a state Senate district so it has a black voting age population of at least 58 percent.
The attorneys argued in federal court papers filed Tuesday that the Board of Apportionment should be required to redraw state Sen. Jack Crumbly's district and an adjacent district. Crumbly and the residents sued the board and accused it of intentionally lowering the black voting age population from 55 percent to about 53 percent.
Crumbly's attorneys said the board could redraw the districts in time for a new primary before or concurrently with the November general election.
The court on Friday refused to postpone next week's Democratic primary for Crumbly's seat.
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