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Feds clear Fair Districts changes

The U.S. Department of Justice sent word today that it saw no problems with the so-called Fair Districts constitutional amendments, which reduce lawmakers' power to draw voting districts.

The ruling doesn't stop a lawsuit aimed at blocking the state from implementing the voter-approved amendment. But it does cut the legs out of a Republican talking point that the changes, Amendments 5 and 6 on the 2010 ballot, could be harmful to minority districts: That's an issue the DOJ is required to consider because of a history of racial discrimination in the state.

Read the DOJ letter here.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 31, 2011 4:54pm]


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