Redistricting plan moves on to legislature

6:42 PM, Aug 30, 2011   |    comments
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AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The 2011 Maine Congressional Reapportionment Commission has failed to reach an agreement on redrawing Maine's Congressional districts.

The vote was 7-7 along party lines. The independent moderator, Michael Friedman of Bangor, ended up voting in favor of the plan put forth by the Democrats.

That plan leaves Cumberland, Knox, Lincoln, Sagadahoc, York and part of Kennebec counties in the 1st District and the rest of Maine in the 2nd.

Friedman's vote made the majority recommendation 8-7, and will be presented to the legislature on September 27 for its vote.

Friedman's reasoning was that the Democratic plan was the least disruptive, and that the districts have been maintained this way for 50 years.

The commission heard three plans: one Democratic and two Republican.

The party leaders on the commission are going to get together this weekend to try and build consensus.

If the legislature failes to vote on the plan, it will move on to the state supreme court.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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