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Maricopa County loses attempt to join redistricting case

PHOENIX — A federal judge has denied Maricopa County’s request to
participate in a federal court case involving a
challenge to the state’s map of congressional districts.

County officials had said they don’t have a position on the challenge itself
but do have a stake in the case because its outcome could affect how the county
conducts elections. The Arizona Legislature made the challenge.

However, U.S. District Judge Paul Rosenblatt ruled that the county made its
request to intervene too far along in the case and also didn’t adequately
explain what role the county would play.

The Republican-controlled Legislature’s lawsuit requests a court order blocking
continued use of the congressional districts drawn by a state commission. The
commission was created under a state constitutional amendment approved by voters
in 2000.

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