(12/29/2001)
A federal three-judge panel has ruled there is "no constitutional defect" in the state's re-districting plan which allowed Kanawha County to keep its four state senators. Opponents of the plan said Kanawha's declining population would allow them to keep only two senators, but creative re-districting which affected dozens of other counties, has been ruled legal by the panel.

A suit had been filed by Senators John Unger of Berkley County and Frank Deem of Wood. Unger said "We have lost the battle but the war still rages."

He said the issue comes down to the basic principle of what makes a democracy, one man one vote. "That's a principle enshrined in the constitution," he said. The group will shortly make a decision whether to appeal the case to the U. S. Supreme Court.


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