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Parties face off in court over OH legislative maps
Parties face justices over whether Ohio's new legislative map was gerrymandered to favor GOP
By The Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) ' The Ohio Supreme Court is set to hear arguments in a suit that seeks to scrap the state's new legislative district map.

Democrats sued on behalf of affected voters across the state. They want the map thrown out on grounds that Republican state leaders who controlled the process violated provisions of the Ohio Constitution that prohibit districts that split up communities.

Ohio redraws legislative districts every 10 years to reflect population shifts identified in the census. Republicans and Democrats are given similar sums of taxpayer money to cover supplies, software, office space and consulting in what's called the apportionment process.

The high court, which hears the case on Tuesday, has said the timing of its decision will leave the 2012 presidential race unaffected.

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