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Thursday, March 22, 2012

 9:46 AM 

Federal court declines to rule on which lines should be used in recall elections

The federal court weighing in on the state's redistricting maps declined to rule whether the new lines Republicans created last summer should be used for the upcoming recall elections this year.

The panel noted a state suit raising a similar question is currently pending and found there is "no question ripe for determination before us at this time." It noted the GAB's decision to use the lines in place since 2002 appeared "sensible" considering the Wisconsin Constitution's command to redistrict only once every 10 years.

"If, however, a time comes when the GAB proposes to take a different action, either on its own or by virtue of a state court ruling, and there is a live controversy, plaintiffs may return to this court and present whatever arguments they may have on this question," the court noted.

-- By Staff


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