Court approves NM congressional redistricting plan

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A state district judge has adopted a redistricting plan that will establish slightly different boundaries for New Mexico's three congressional districts.

Judge James Hall issued his ruling Thursday afternoon.

Hall is adopting a plan that makes the fewest changes to the existing districts. It has the support of Gov. Susana Martinez, other Republicans and a group of Democrats that include Rep. Brian Egolf of Santa Fe.

Hall contends the plan respects existing boundaries and places the fewest number of voters in new districts.

He says it also strikes an appropriate balance between various interests and political parties.

Hall had considered two other options as well. Among them, the New Mexico League of United Latin American Citizens had advocated for revamping the congressional boundaries to give Hispanics a stronger voice in elections in the 2nd District.