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Wednesday, August 31, 2011 - 3:41am

Congressional Map Nears Approval

Georgia legislators are wrapping up their work redrawing the state's political boundaries.

Redistricting is expected to be completed on Wednesday as the state Senate votes on a new congressional map that adds a 14th district in northeast Georgia. The House has already approved the map.

Gov. Nathan Deal has signed new state Senate and House maps. All the plans must be approved by either the U.S. Department of Justice or the federal courts under the Voting Rights Act.

Legislators have been at the state Capitol for a special session to redraw district lines to line up with new U.S. Census data.

It's the first time Republicans in the state have controlled reapportionment from start to finish. Democrats are expected to challenge the maps in court.