Missouri high court considers redistricting challenges

Thursday, January 12, 2012 | 8:59 a.m. CST; updated 6:08 p.m. CST, Thursday, January 26, 2012

JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri Supreme Court will hear arguments in three cases challenging the new boundaries for state Senate and U.S. House districts.

One lawsuit objects to the newly drawn map for Missouri's 34 state Senate districts. Two other lawsuits contend the redrawn U.S. House districts are not sufficiently compact and were designed to serve partisan ends.

The Supreme Court scheduled separate oral arguments Thursday on each legal challenge.

Missouri's legislative and congressional districts are adjusted every 10 years based on the most recent census. Missouri is dropping from nine U.S. House districts to eight, and the state Senate boundaries had to be adjusted to account for population shifts.

Time is running short to set the new districts because filing for this year's elections opens Feb. 28.


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