Judge to decide redistricting in St. Louis County

Missouri

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CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — For the fifth decade in a row, a federal judge will decide on how to draw County Council lines in St. Louis County after Republicans and Democrats on the redistricting commission failed to reach an agreement.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the last time the 14-member Bipartisan Reapportionment Commission successfully drew County Council lines was in 1971.

Agreement would have required at least nine votes of approval for a map, meaning at least two Republicans or two Democrats would have had to vote with the other party’s representatives.

Redistricting is required every 10 years to try to ensure the seven County Council districts are as equal in population as possible.

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