03/21/2012 08:53 am ET

Oakland Dems: Emails Show GOP Plot To Gain Redistricting Control

By Mike Martindale and Chad Livengood, Detroit News

Oakland County Democrats say emails they released Tuesday prove Republican state legislators and county officials plotted to shift control of redistricting in the county for partisan political gain.

The emails, obtained under Michigan's Freedom of Information Act, show a section of the law that would shrink the county Board of Commissioners from 25 to 21 members was a pretext for giving the GOP-controlled board control of electoral maps, Democratic Party Chairman Frank Houston said.

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