ATLANTA (WAOK/AJC)-Gov. Nathan Deal and Attorney General Sam Olens on Thursday filed a lawsuit against the  Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. to force approval of state Republicans’ plans to redraw legislative and congressional districts.

State Republican leaders say they will also seek a second path to approval next week when they plan to ask  the Justice Department to pre-empt the lawsuit and approve the plans on its own.

Georgia is one of nine states subject to the federal Voting Rights Act, which requires that any change in election law be approved either by the Justice Department or the D.C.-based federal court. The state’s plan to redraw its state House, Senate and U.S. House maps must be approved before they can be put into effect for the 2012 elections.

In a joint statement released by Governor Deal and Olens, state leaders said “These plans were carefully drawn by the General Assembly to ensure that Georgia’s growing population is fairly represented and we are confident that they meet the requirements for federal approval.”

More in this report from the AJC


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