In Mineola, Nassau County Presiding Officer Peter J. Schmitt compares...

In Mineola, Nassau County Presiding Officer Peter J. Schmitt compares the new map on left to the old one on right as he talks about the new 2011 Legislative District Map for Nassau County (April 26, 2011) Credit: Newsday/Karen Wiles Stabile

Wednesday morning is Election Day at the New York Court of Appeals in Albany. Tune in online for a lively civic and geography lesson. The state's top court will hear several disputes involving this year's ballots, but star billing goes to the controversial redrawing of Nassau County's legislative districts.

The Republican majority rammed through the new borders in an attempt to reduce the chances of losing control in November's elections. The howling Democrats say the every-10-year ritual redrawing is premature; it was last done in 2003, without following the county charter. The talk may get technical when it comes to "metes and bounds," but the Democrats will argue that the GOP's flawed lines mistakenly have Old Country Road intersecting with Long Island Sound. Watch at courts.state.ny.us/CTAPPS/.