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Georgia Supreme Court rejects Cobb County's redistricting lawsuit

ATLANTA (AP) — The Georgia Supreme Court has agreed that someone must make a legally final decision on whether county commissioners can override state legislatures and draw their own voting districts.

But the nine justices also agreed Thursday that it would be inappropriate to rule on that issue in a lawsuit filed by two Cobb County residents, overturning a lower court ruling that had thrown out the county commissioners' own map.

The ruling that Catherine and David Floam were ineligible to obtain a declaratory judgment means that residents of Georgia's third-largest county will, for now, elect two county commissioners in districts drawn by the Democratic-majority Cobb County Commission, rather than under previous map created by the Republican-dominated Legislature. Voting is underway ahead of the May 21 primary election.

Anna Harden

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