More on the Albany County Legislature Decision

Here’s a follow up article from the Times Union regarding yesterday’s decision rejecting the Albany County Legislature’s redistricting plan. Of interest here is that Judge Kahn did not deal with the issue of Hispanic and black cohesiveness. His decision was based on black voting data alone. Courts have yet to decide whether Hispanic and black cohesiveness can be combined to meet prong two of the Gingles test: that the minority community votes cohesively. The plaintiffs attorney and this writer debated this issue two years ago in a challenge against the Town of Hempstead for the failure to create a combined minority district. The case was eventually withdrawn before it went to trial.

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