Federal court strikes down NC congressional district maps – WRAL


The Watch Dog response: This is fabuloustastic. This is why I am a proud Life Fully Paid Member of the NAACP because they fight for what is fair and just for all folk. This should put me and others in Edgecombe and Nash Counties to name a few back where we belong. Thank you!

The ruling throws the March 15 primary into chaos, as the judges ordered state lawmakers to redraw the maps within two weeks and not to hold any elections for U.S. House until the maps are in place. A special session of the legislature would have to be called to approve new maps, and they might have to pass federal muster again.

Mail-in absentee voting started last week, and more than 8,000 ballots have already been requested, according to the State Board of Elections. It was unclear late Friday how many ballots have already been filled out and sent back in.

The three-judge panel ruled that the 1st Congressional District, which spreads like an octopus across northeast North Carolina and has a tentacle that dips into Durham County, and the 12th Congressional District, which snakes along Interstate 85 between Greensboro and Charlotte, were drawn specifically so that the majority of voters in each were black. (Source: Read more)

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