Arizona

Apr 29, 2014 5:07 PM by Associated Press

Judges uphold Arizona legislative district maps

PHOENIX (AP) - A panel of federal judges has upheld Arizona's new state legislative district maps after finding that the state's redistricting commission legally drew them when they put more voters in some districts.

The three judges said in ruling issued Tuesday that the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission did not violate the one-person, one-vote principal of the Constitution's equal protection clause when they overloaded some districts. It's the second time this year the commission has won a challenge.

Eleven Republican voters sued the commission in 2012. They argued in March 2013 trial that the commission shifted GOP voters from some districts to make them more likely to elect Democratic state lawmakers.

The commission argued it followed state rules for creating districts but also had to get U.S. Department of Justice preapproval.

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