TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Attorney General Derek Schmidt’s office has asked the Kansas Supreme Court to dismiss two lawsuits that challenge new Republican-drawn congressional redistricting maps.
In a petition filed Friday, Schmidt’s office argued that the state court system lacked jurisdiction to adjudicate disputes over the redistricting of federal offices.
Democrats, a civil rights group and national election watchdog filed two lawsuits Monday against Kansas officials over the new maps, which would cost U.S. Representative Sharice Davids, the lone Democrat in the State in Congress, part of the territory of its district of the Kansas City area. which it carries by wide margins in the elections.
The new redistricting law took effect last week after the GOP-controlled legislature overruled Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly’s veto.
The lawsuits allege the maps violate the Kansas Constitution and the Legislature’s redistricting guidelines.
Lawsuits over congressional redistricting in Kansas have generally been filed in federal court. The Kansas Constitution does not specifically mention congressional redistricting.
Schmidt’s office is also asking the state Supreme Court to bypass the district court and file the lawsuit itself, arguing that an expedited decision is needed because of election deadlines.
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