DENVER (AP) – Colorado’s unsettled congressional lines will remain fuzzy until at least October, when Democrats and Republicans head to court to settle new lines the Legislature couldn’t agree on.

A judge Wednesday set an Oct. 17 trial to settle the state’s seven congressional districts, which must be adjusted to account for population change over the last decade.

The redistricting process is bitterly partisan as both parties try to enhance their chances at the polls, and this year is no exception. Both parties have sued and will try to persuade Denver District Judge Robert Hyatt to accept their favored map.

Lawyers from both parties agreed that this decade’s redistricting lawsuit shouldn’t be as complicated as 10 years ago, when Colorado got a new member of Congress because of population growth.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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