3rd W.Va. County Sues Over Redistricting

West Virginia faces yet another legal challenge of the recent redrawing of its legislative districts.

Monroe County officials petitioned the state Supreme Court on Friday, seeking to block the redistricting plan for the House of Delegates.

The petition argues that the plan wrongly erased Monroe's long-standing single-seat district, and placed the county in a
two-seat district dominated by a larger neighbor.

Putnam and Mason counties have jointly filed their own challenge
targeting the House plan. The new map breaks up those counties
among multiple districts.

Kanawha County lawyer Thornton Cooper has also sued over the
House plan. Cooper has since told state officials he intends to
challenge the state Senate redistricting plan as well.

Eastern Panhandle residents have announced plans to target the
congressional redistricting plan in federal court.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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