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Georgia to appeal congressional, legislative redistricting order

Georgia says it will appeal a judge’s order to redraw some congressional and state legislative districts, but that it won’t fight in court to pause the order for now, meaning a special session later this month to draw new lines is likely to proceed.

The filing came Wednesday in a second case challenging Georgia’s electoral districts being pursued by different plaintiffs. The decision not to seek a stay of the ruling could forestall that second trial.

It wasn’t immediately clear Wednesday why the state is pursuing this strategy. Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and Attorney General Chris Carr, both Republicans, have yet to comment on the substance of the ruling and what the state will do going forward.

The judge ordered one new Black-majority congressional district in western metro Atlanta, two additional Black-majority state Senate districts in southern metro Atlanta, two additional Black-majority state House districts in and around Macon, two additional Black-majority state House districts in southern metro Atlanta and one additional Black-majority state House district in western metro Atlanta.

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