Justice Department OK's state redistrictingBy GARRY RAYNO
State House Bureau
August 15. 2012 7:44PM
CONCORD - The U.S. Department of Justice has approved the newly redrawn political boundary lines for the state's congressional and Executive Council districts.
The DOJ previously approved the redistricting plans for the state Senate and House of Representatives. Consequently, all the redistricting plans have received DOJ approval.
Ten New Hampshire communities are subject to the U.S. Voting Rights Act, which requires any changes in state election laws to be reviewed by the DOJ before the changes can go into effect.
House Speaker William O'Brien said, 'I want to congratulate the House Special Committee on Redistricting for their hard work in crafting a plan that met the goals of the U.S. Census and also created well thought out, reasonable districts, as the U.S. Department of Justice has validated to us today.'
The DOJ is still reviewing two other changes to state election laws: requiring photo identification to vote and changes to registration laws. The department has until several days before the September primary to make a decision.
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