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Judges: Michigan must redraw congressional, legislative maps

The decision issued Thursday also requires special state Senate elections to be held in 2020, instead of 2022 as scheduled.
This Tuesday, July 28, 2015 photo shows the interior of the Statehouse dome in Lansing, Mich. Work crews are restoring the exterior of the dome's exterior finishes that wasn't completed during the last major restoration completed in 1992. The dome work is expected to last until mid-October and is part of a $6.4 million project that also includes restoration to parts of the building's exterior. All of the work is expected to wrap up sometime in November. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A three-judge panel has ruled that Michigan’s congressional and legislative maps are unconstitutionally gerrymandered, ordering the state Legislature to redraw at least 34 districts for the 2020 election.

The decision issued Thursday also requires special state Senate elections to be held in 2020, instead of 2022 as scheduled.

The judges say the maps drawn by Republicans in 2011 violate Democratic voters’ constitutional rights, including by diluting the weight of their votes.