Interesting story written by Gary D. Robertson
North Carolina legislators who are redrawing dozens of General Assembly districts that judges deemed illegal partisan gerrymanders turned Monday to considering district lines generated by a key expert for those who successfully sued over the maps.
The House and Senate redistricting committees met to figure how they would enact new boundaries for the 2020 election by a court-mandated Sept. 18 deadline. Last week, a three-judge panel declared Republican mapmakers violated the state constitution by manipulating districts created in 2017 to help elect a maximum number of GOP candidates and make it nearly impossible for Democrats to win majorities.
Republicans have held legislative majorities since 2011 and have been sued repeatedly this decade over electoral maps they’ve drawn. They disagree with the unanimous decision from state court. But they are not appealing the ruling, which orders that election results and other partisan data like voter registration be omitted from the process of shaping districts.
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