November 21, 2019 •

North Carolina Legislature Adjourns

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The North Carolina General Assembly adjourned after finalizing a replacement map for congressional districts. Legislators extended the legislative session to redraw the map due to state judges blocking lines drawn in 2016 from being used next year. The session was […]

The North Carolina General Assembly adjourned after finalizing a replacement map for congressional districts.

Legislators extended the legislative session to redraw the map due to state judges blocking lines drawn in 2016 from being used next year.

The session was one of the longest legislative sessions in recent history due to the redistricting lawsuit and a fight over the budget.

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November 19, 2019 •

North Carolina Lawmakers Redraw State’s Congressional Map

A replacement map for North Carolina’s congressional districts was finalized with new lines drawn to address alleged extreme partisan bias. The map was redrawn after state judges blocked lines drawn in 2016 from being used next year. The judges ruled […]

A replacement map for North Carolina’s congressional districts was finalized with new lines drawn to address alleged extreme partisan bias.

The map was redrawn after state judges blocked lines drawn in 2016 from being used next year.

The judges ruled there was enough evidence of partisan gerrymandering to make it likely that the 2016 map violated the state constitution.

The voters whose legal challenge led to the new map went to court immediately to oppose the newly drawn map.

However, the North Carolina Supreme Court refused to fast-track the redistricting appeal.

Without a bypass to the state Supreme Court, any appeal would have resulted in a lengthy process that would likely not have been resolved until the 2020 elections were over, making a ruling largely moot.

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November 5, 2019 •

North Carolina Court Blocks Current State House Districts for 2020 Elections

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On Monday, October 28, a state court blocked the use of current congressional districts in North Carolina for the 2020 elections. The ruling could lead to the drawing of new districts that would make several Republican-held districts far more competitive. […]

On Monday, October 28, a state court blocked the use of current congressional districts in North Carolina for the 2020 elections.

The ruling could lead to the drawing of new districts that would make several Republican-held districts far more competitive.

A panel of three Superior Court judges issued a preliminary injunction preventing elections under the district lines, starting with the March 3 primary.

The judges ruled that voters had a strong likelihood of winning a lawsuit that argued Republicans unlawfully manipulated district lines for partisan gain.

The judges gave no date by which a new map must be drawn.

However, the judges suggested lawmakers could redraw them on their own quickly to ensure congressional primaries be held as scheduled.

The State Board of Elections has said lines needed to be finalized by Dec. 15.

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