Lawsuit challenges state's legislative districting scheme

Apr 5, 2012 Staff and wire reports

A lawsuit challenging Wyoming's newly adopted legislative redistricting plan has been filed by a citizen group.

The lawsuit charges that state lawmakers bent over backward to make sure incumbent state senators didn't have to run against each other and accuses the plan of failing to give less-populous counties fair representation.

State Sen. Cale Case, a Lander Republican, served as co-chairman of the legislative committee that drafted the redistricting plan. He says he's proud of the plan and is confident it will withstand legal review.

The lawsuit filed Thursday in Laramie County District Court seeks to block Gov. Matt Mead and the other four statewide elected officials from implementing the redistricting plan.

Gillette lawyer Nick Carter represents the plaintiffs.

He says hopes to get the lawsuit certified straight to the Wyoming Supreme Court.

In Fremont County, the new districting plan restores Dubois to an all-Fremont County district after a decade of representation by a legislator from Jackson.

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