MINEOLA - This coming Election Day, Nassau voters will decide not only which politicians will take office, but also which party will be in control of redrawing election districts.When county Republicans proposed a major change in Nassau's political district lines last spring, some residents felt it was a gerrymandering power grab meant to protect the GOP's majority in the Legislature for years to come. In the end, the proposal to change districts was struck down in the state's highest court.Republicans contend their plan more fairly reflects the county's changing demographics. They say while the court's ruling set back their plan until the 2013 election, it did not render the new districts illegal. Political strategists say if Republicans maintain a majority in this year's elections, they'll implement the new lines in 2013.According to analysts, the outcome of any redistricting in Nassau County could potentially have implications for state politics as well.
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