Lawsuits Coming Vs W.V. Redistricting Plans

CHARLESTON, W.V. (AP) - West Virginia officials will soon end up in court over the recent redrawing of legislative and congressional districts.

State officials have received at least three advance notices of planned lawsuits.

Kanawha County lawyer Thornton Cooper says he hoped to file his Monday. He believes the redistricting plan for the House of Delegates violates the West Virginia Constitution.

A federal lawsuit challenging the congressional plan is in the works by Jefferson County lawyer Stephen Skinner. He believes the plan does not create three equal districts as required.

Monroe County officials also object to the House of Delegates plan, and intend to file a court challenge.

The Putnam and Mason county commissions have voted to sue as well. State officials believe the plan passes constitutional muster.

The 2010 Census prompted the redistricting.

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

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