Congressional redistricting map upheld by Cole County judge

Feb 3, 2012

A Cole County Judge has upheld the new congressional redistricting map passed by Missouri lawmakers last year. 

In his ruling, Circuit Judge Daniel Green states that the so-called Grand Compromise Map does comply with the state constitution’s requirement that congressional districts be, quote, “as compact as may be.”  Gerry Greiman, one of the plaintiff’s attorneys, disagrees:

“There were several districts in the map that were not as compact as may be, including the 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th.”

Defense attorneys had argued that it was not possible to meet everyone’s expectation of what is or is not a compact congressional district. 

Greiman says they’ll appeal to the State Supreme Court, which heard the case last month.  Meanwhile, candidates for office are supposed to begin filing to run on February 28th.