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Three parishes not cleared yet by DOJ for elections

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Posted: Aug 31, 2011 12:52 PM by Russell Jones
Updated: Aug 31, 2011 12:52 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: baton rouge, redistricting, plans, pre-cleared, election, police jury, wbrz, louisiana

BATON ROUGE - The Department of Justice has not cleared redistricting plans for three Louisiana parishes, which will keep them from holding police jury elections Oct. 22. A lawsuit also seeks to block a fourth parish from holding their elections.

Sailor Jackson with the La. Secretary of State's Office said plans for East Feliciana, Avoyelles and Concordia parishes didn't get Justice approval before the state's deadline to hold fall elections Monday.

St. James Parish got the go-ahead Monday, according to Jackson, but a lawsuit filed by private citizens seeks to declare the redistricting plan unconstitutional.

Jackson said the October election will still go on, unless a judge issues a ruling or injunction to halt it.

Current police jurors in parishes that don't hold elections will remain in office until the next election is held.

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