Nov 4, 2011- Natalie Tennant Responds to Redistricting Lawsuits

By: Michael Hyland
By: Michael Hyland

Secretary of State Natalie Tennant released her response to the redistricting lawsuits Friday.

Secretary of State Natalie Tennant released her response Friday to a couple lawsuits over the Legislature's redistricting plan passed this summer.

Tennant pointed to issues of time and the need to meet pressing deadlines, so that potential candidates can have the information needed about the district they would represent. She also points out similar legal challenges to redistricting maps have failed in the past.

You can read Tennant's full response here.

Kanawha County attorney Thornton Cooper has challenged the House plan, saying counties were broken up unnecessarily. He also says there should be 100 single-delegate districts. Putnam and Mason county commissioners have also filed a lawsuit saying their individual counties were divided unnecessarily.

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia faces yet another legal challenge of the recent redrawing of its legislative districts.     

Monroe County officials petitioned the state Supreme Court on Friday, seeking to block the redistricting plan for the House of Delegates.     

The petition argues that the plan wrongly erased Monroe's long-standing single-seat district, and placed the county in a two-seat district dominated by a larger neighbor.     

Putnam and Mason counties have jointly filed their own challenge targeting the House plan. The new map breaks up those counties among multiple districts.     

Kanawha County lawyer Thornton Cooper has also sued over the House plan. Cooper has since told state officials he intends to challenge the state Senate redistricting plan as well.     

Eastern Panhandle residents have announced plans to target the congressional redistricting plan in federal court.

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