HEMPSTEAD - A lawsuit filed today argues new Nassau County election maps violate the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Four Nassau residents are bringing the federal suit against the county after the Republican-controlled Legislature passed the redistricting maps last month.

Attorney Fred Brewington argues that the new map splits heavily African-American and Hispanic communities such as Hempstead and Lakeview. He says that it dilutes the voting strength and voice of minorities in Nassau.

A spokesperson for the GOP says district lines would violate the constitution if they weren't changed because new census information shows thousands more residents in certain districts, which could be a violation of one person, one vote.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 13.

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