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Appeals court nixes Nassau redistrictingYancey Roy
Handing a stinging defeat to Nassau County Republicans, the state's highest court Tuesday threw out new boundaries that the GOP drew for the county's 19 legislative districts this fall. In a 7-0 decision, the New York State Court of Appeals said that the new redistricting plan cannot go into effect until 2013 -- reversing a midlevel court ruling. That means that the old district boundaries -- which Democrats favored -- must be used in this fall's elections.
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The current process of local redistricting does not offer the same protections from gerrymandering that the constitution establishes for state legislative and congressional districts. A constitutional amendment would ensure fair redistricting practices that would minimize gerrymandering, and prevent lawsuits. Furthermore, it would standardize the process of redistricting, making it more transparent, and ensure that citizens have input as well.