The NAACP is suing Indiana officials, seeking to block a new state law the civil rights group alleges would discriminate against black and Latino voters in heavily populated Lake County by consolidating the county’s voting precincts.
The federal lawsuit filed by the Gary NAACP and the Priorities USA Foundation names Indiana’s secretary of state and members of the Indiana Election Division as defendants.
It alleges the law unfairly reassigns large numbers of voters to new polling locations that may be difficult for black and Latino voters with mobility issues or a lack of reliable transportation to reach.
The Indianapolis Star reports the groups contend the change creates longer lines and silences “the voice of these voters in local government.”
Gov. Eric Holcomb’s office has declined to comment on the lawsuit.