Supreme Court ruling disqualifies some candidates

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Candidates have been dropping off the
ballot in the wake of last week's Kentucky Supreme Court decision
tossing out newly drawn legislative districts.

Justices ruled Friday that legislative candidates had to run in
decade-old legislative districts. The ruling disqualified some
candidates because of residency requirements. They lived in the
newly drawn districts, not the old ones.

Chief Justice John D. Minton said newly drawn legislative
districts were unconstitutional and that lawmakers will have to
operate under the old districts until more balanced boundaries are

Redistricting occurs every 10 years to account for population
shifts reported in the U.S. Census. It's an effort to ensure that
lawmakers represent roughly the same number of people.

Unhappy with the new districts, House Republicans filed a
lawsuit in January.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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