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3-judge panel to hear challenge to Arizona map

A panel of three federal judges will hear a lawsuit challenging Arizona’s map of new legislative districts.

U.S. District Judge Roslyn Silver‘s order Friday grants a request by the Republican challengers for appointment of a panel of three judges.

At issue is the suit’s request for a court-drawn temporary replacement map for use in this year’s elections.

It also asks that the state redistricting commission be ordered to draw a new map for use in elections after this year.

That lawsuit and one challenging new congressional districts contend that the commission violated constitutional requirements for mapping processes and criteria.

According to Silver’s order, at least one of the three judges appointed to hear the challenge to the legislative map would be a Circuit Court of Appeals judge.

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