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Final ruling says redistricting law is unconstitutional

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The Kentucky Supreme Court has released a
final ruling reiterating that a newly passed redistricting law is
unconstitutional because populations within the state's legislative
districts were out of balance.
Justices also echoed an earlier ruling that legislative
candidates will have to run in districts that have been in place
for the past 10 years.
The 27-page ruling explains the legal rationale behind a March
opinion in which justices originally declared the redistricting law
unconstitutional.
Redistricting occurs every 10 years to account for population
changes found in the U.S. Census count. The latest count found that
the state's overall population had shifted and grown from 4 million
to 4.3 million between 2000 and 2010, requiring new legislative
district boundaries.
State law requires that legislative districts must be of nearly
equal size.


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