The Kentucky Supreme Court has ruled that state lawmakers will have to run in decade-old legislative districts.
Chief Justice John D. Minton issued the unanimous ruling Friday
afternoon in a legislative redistricting case that has been
speeding through the legal process.
Justices heard oral arguments in the lawsuit Friday morning,
only a month after the original lawsuit was filed, and only hours
before the ruling.
Franklin County Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd ruled earlier
this month that newly drawn legislative districts are out of
balance and must be redrawn to comply with the "one person, one
vote" mandate in federal and state law. Challenges were quickly
taken to the Kentucky Court of Appeals and then to the Supreme
Redistricting occurs every 10 years to account for population
changes reported in the U.S. Census.