WA redistricting plan stands for 2012 elections

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- The Washington Supreme Court says the state redistricting plan will stand for the 2012 elections, despite a legal challenge.

Chief Justice Barbara Madsen signed the order Wednesday, finding there is too little time before the May 14 candidate-filing period to resolve the legal case.

The Olympian reports (http://is.gd/iwd1z1 ) the new boundaries for 49 legislative and 10 congressional districts will apply for the Aug. 7 primary and the Nov. 6 general elections.

The redistricting is challenged by John Milem. He contended the maps give too much power to King, Snohomish, Pierce, Thurston and Kitsap counties, which dominate seven of the state's 10 congressional districts. He also says the state Redistricting Commission split some cities and counties unnecessarily.

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Information from: The Olympian, http://www.theolympian.com