Supreme Court to Weigh GOP Claims on CA Senate Maps

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – Republicans are asking the California Supreme Court to prohibit the use of newly drawn state Senate districts in this year’s elections while they try to qualify a ballot initiative intended to overturn the maps. GOP interests say their initiative is likely to qualify for the November ballot. That would trigger a provision of the constitution that would halt use of the maps this year. The districts at issue on Tuesday are the product of the California Citizens Redistricting Commission, a randomly selected, independent panel created by voters. Among other criticisms, Republicans contend the Senate maps do not comply with the Voting Rights Act. Justices could allow the commission’s maps to be used temporarily, use the Senate districts in place since 2001, devise an alternate plan or create temporary Senate districts.

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