Oct 14, 2011- Lawsuit Filed Over W.Va. Redistricting

By: Michael Hyland
By: Michael Hyland

Kanawha County attorney Thornton Cooper has filed a petition with the Supreme Court, challenging the House redistricting plan.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia officials have been hit with the first of several expected lawsuits challenging redistricting.    

Kanawha County lawyer Thornton Cooper filed his Supreme Court petition Thursday targeting the redrawing of House of Delegates districts.  

Cooper wants the justices to block that redistricting plan from taking effect, and replace it with one he's drawn.     

His plan proposes single-member districts for all 100 House seats. The plan passed by the Legislature in August distributes those seats among 67 districts.     

Cooper argues this plan violates three sections of the West Virginia Constitution, including its equal representation mandate.     

Monroe, Mason and Putnam county officials have also announced plans to sue over the House plan. It divides each among multiple districts.     

A federal lawsuit challenging the congressional redistricting plan is expected as well.

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