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Stage is set for judge's decision on Jacksonville redistricting

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Will Dickey
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Florida Times-Union
U.S. District Judge Marcia Morales Howard will decide whether to accept Jacksonville City Council's redistricting map.

Candidates and voters will know in the next three weeks what the boundaries will be for Jacksonville City Council districts in the spring elections. U.S. District Judge Marcia Morales Howard has received all the arguments she asked for in a federal redistricting lawsuit.

The city made its case Monday for Howard to approve the lines that City Council drew earlier this month after she said the city's previous map used unconstitutional "racial gerrymandering."

The city's filing will likely be the final legal argument in the case. Duval County Supervisor of Elections Mike Hogan has said he needs to know what the City Council district map will be by Dec. 16.

Read the rest of this story at the Florida Times-Union, a WJCT News partner.