(CNN) – The Justice Department approved Arizona's recently redrawn congressional lines on Monday.
In a statement, the department's Civil Rights Division cleared the new map, saying it meets all requirements.
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The announcement clears the way for elections in the newly formed districts, which now total nine after population changes caused the state to pick up one seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Arizona's Independent Redistricting Commission, which drew the new lines, approved the map in January.
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Take that Jan Brewer.
We Arizona citizens voted for a non-partisan committee out of the grasp of the legislature and we got it.
It has been fought tooth & nail by the GOP controlled legislature & governor.
Our Az supreme court had to step in when the governor tried to fire the lead commissioner.
Now the legislature here is trying to change the redistricting process for next time AND change the rules on how legislators can be recalled since King Pearce was ousted in a recall.
These are the freaks that scream tyranny at the drop of a hat.
Jan Brewer, Andy Tobin, Russell Pearce, Steve Pierce, Tom Horne, John Huppental are doing everything they can to ruin Arizona for decades.
A disgusting lot.
Shady redistricting to dilute minority votes, vote suppression and vote rigging are all tactics the GOBP has used in the past and will use again in this election. The GOBP certainly has no other way to win since none of the candidate cultmembers can win on their personalities or proven policy ideas.
And the extreme rightwing hatemonkey reply to these truthful allegations will be lies about ACORN and community organizers. What a sad, sorry cult the GOBP has become.
Here is hoping that Maricopa County is now a majority Democrat area, so Sheriff Joe can start collecting his pension.
This is the map that the Republicans so vehemently opposed. They did not like the independent redistricting map so they tried to change it through the legislature. These Arizona Republicans are a sordid bunch, driven by ideology. They talk about the danger of one party running the nation but one only has to look at Arizona and how one party running the state has passed some really BAD laws targeting the poor, women, and Latinos. The so-called "Conservatives" will deny this but this is the most awful case of abuse of power I have ever seen. I used to love this state but not so much anymore. Maybe I should just love it or move out. Moving to New Mexico does not sound so bad anymore.