MINEOLA - A state court has ruled that a Republican plan to redraw election districts across Nassau County was not conducted properly, preventing the lines from taking effect before the upcoming November election.

Nassau Democrats are applauding the judge's decision, claiming the GOP deliberately split heavily Democratic districts to give themselves a political leg up. Republicans have argued the lines were drawn based on current census information.

According to the Nassau County Charter, redistricting is supposed to be a three-step process, but the judge's 22-page decision states that the county didn't comply with two of those steps.

The ruling does leave room for the new lines to possibly be used in 2013.

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