MINEOLA - Lawmakers in Nassau have voted along party lines to approve redistricting maps.

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The approval means that hundreds of thousands of residents may find themselves in new districts with new legislators on their ballots. The maps split up the Five Towns and parts of Hempstead. Elmont is also now in the same district as Inwood.

Democrats say Republicans purposely split up and diluted heavily Democratic and minority districts to give themselves a political leg-up. Republicans say the new map is fair and represents the changing population according to the latest census.