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Redistricting, filing deadline in legal limbo

Redistricting, filing deadline in legal limbo

Journalists gather in Kentucky Secretary of State's office as filing deadline nears.

by Joe Arnold

WHAS11.com

Posted on January 31, 2012 at 8:47 AM

Updated Thursday, Oct 24 at 9:21 PM

Tuesday is decision day for a Franklin County judge whether to suspend Kentucky's filing deadline for elected office until a legal challenge to legislative redistricting is settled.

Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd said he would decide by the close of business on Tuesday.  The filing deadline is at 4pm, setting up tense timing for potential candidates and incumbents.

The Lexington Herald-Leader's Jack Brammer explains:

House Republicans claim it is unconstitutional because it divides more counties into separate districts than necessary. The House plan split 28 counties and 246 precincts, although only 22 counties have populations that exceed the roughly 43,000 people that each district must contain. A GOP proposal would have split 24 counties and 10 precincts.

Lynn Sowards Zellen, director of communications for Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, said the filing deadline will remain at 4 p.m. Tuesday unless the judge says differently.

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