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GOP redistricting measures draw court challenge in Kentucky

Bill Stephens

January 21st, 2022

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky’s newly drawn congressional and state House maps have drawn a swift court challenge. The lawsuit came the same day GOP lawmakers overrode the Democratic governor’s vetoes of redistricting bills. The lawsuit filed Thursday claims boundaries approved by the Republican-dominated legislature reflect “extreme partisan gerrymandering” in violation of the state constitution. The suit requests court action to prevent the state’s 2022 primary election from being based on the new boundaries. Supporers of the bill have expressed confidence that the once-a-decade mapmaking work would hold up against any lawsuit. GOP lawmakers pushed through redistricting bills in the first week of the legislative session. 

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