Potential voting rights act challenge to the reapportionment decision in New Jersey

A potential voting rights act challenge to the reapportionment decision in New Jersey is in the works. The N.J. Legislative

A potential voting rights act challenge to the reapportionment decision in New Jersey is in the works.

The N.J. Legislative Redistricting Coalition, which had sought to boost minority opportunities in a new legislative map, sent a letter to the respective party committees stating that “we have asked counsel at the Southern Coalition for Social Justice to help us examine whether the slating process in the State of New Jersey, and particularly in the newly formed coalition and crossover districts, violates Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act.”

Further, the letter states: “We also are concerned about efforts to escape a Section 2 challenge by trading one minority group for another in districts that would support the election of more than one (e.g., Legislative Districts 5, 7, 15, 27, 29, 31, 32, 33, 35 and 36).”

The letter, signed by co-chairmen Jerome Harris  and Roberto Frugone, asks the party committees to ensure that minority voters have the opportunity to elect candidates of their choice. Potential voting rights act challenge to the reapportionment decision in New Jersey