News & Observer: Federal court orders new NC legislative elections in 2017

Raleigh, N.C. — North Carolina lawmakers must redraw their legislative districts by March 15 and hold new elections by the end of next year, a federal court ruled Tuesday.

That order follows up on a ruling from this summer that found lawmakers had unconstitutionally relied on race when they drew 28 state House and Senate districts.

Although lawmakers had told the court they should be given more time to redraw their districts and should not have to hold elections until 2018, the three-judge panel disagreed.

“This gives the State a total of seven months from the time the districts were held to be unconstitutional, which is longer than it took the 2011 legislature to redistrict the entire state,” read the order, which was drafted by a three-judge federal district court panel. (Read more)

Breaking News: Federal court orders NC law makers to redraw districts, hold new General Assembly elections in 2017 – WRAL

In a unanimous ruling Tuesday, a three-judge panel ordered the General Assembly to redraw 28 North Carolina state house and senate districts by March 15, 2017, and to hold a special primary and general election in the fall of 2017.

Additional information will be posted here as it becomes available.

Read more at http://www.wral.com/news/page/12706857/?break_id=16213#qAC4qVmeRoQeTzaK.99

NC Supreme Court: Newby can participate in redistricting case

RALEIGH — Democrats, the state NAACP and other groups suing over the legislature’s redistricting plans learned Monday that the state Supreme Court has rejected their request that Justice Paul Newby recuse himself from participating in the case.

The Rev. William Barber, president of the state NAACP, said the groups were disappointed by the decision, but believe they will win the larger case. (More)

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News Release: NC NAACP, Democracy NC, LWV and Randolph Institute to Sue Over Redistricting Maps

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 2, 2011

For More Information: Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, President, 919-394-8137

Mrs. Amina Turner, Executive Director, 919-682-4700

Atty. Jennifer Marsh, Legal Redress Coordinator, 919-682-4700

Atty. Irv Joyner, Legal Redress Chair, 919-530-6293

Atty. Al McSurely, Communications Chair, lawyers@mcsurely.com

DURHAM – Yesterday, after it spent 60 days looking at a cleverly designed scheme to resegregate voters in North Carolina, the U.S. Department of Justice informed us that the U.S. Attorney General did not "interpose any objection" to the scheme. The next sentence in the letter said, "However, we note that Section 5 expressly provides that the failure of the Attorney General to object [to a redistricting scheme] does not bar subsequent litigation (our emphasis) to enjoin the enforcement of the changes."

That’s exactly what we shall do this Friday morning at 10:00 a.m. in Wake County Superior Court.  We are honored to be co-plaintiffs with the League of Women Voters, the A. Philip Randolph Institute, and Democracy, NC — organizations that have had their hands on the Plow of Democracy for a long time — as we file a lawsuit asking our North Carolina courts to stop this cleverly disguised race-based scheme.

We shall sue the leaders of the NC House and Senate, Thom Tillis and Phil Berger.  They paid good taxpayer money to outside consultants to develop a scheme to resegregate minority voters and dilute our voting power.

These consultants know that blatant Jim Crow acts are illegal, so they came up with their James Crow schemes instead. Jim Crow used blunt tools. James Crow uses surgical tools to cut out the heart of black political power. James Crow uses high-tech, clever consultants to pick apart black communities block by block and increase the prosperity of a few Americans by trying to divide, segregate, and fool the rest of us.

We also name the State of North Carolina and the State Board of Elections as defendants in our lawsuit, since they are charged with carrying out this race-based plan.

We welcome the media to join us at the Wake County Courthouse at 10:00 a.m., Friday morning, November 4, 2011, where our attorneys from Southern Coalition for Social Justice will distribute copies of our filed complaint. A news conference will follow.

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Big holes in new NC voting maps – Source: WRAL

North Carolina’s new voting maps could be in trouble. 

The U.S. Department of Justice is expected to announce this week whether the maps have their approval as required by the Voting Rights Act.

But on Monday, it was discovered that a software glitch in one of the programs used to draw the maps left thousands of voters off the maps entirely. In the House maps, more than 5,700 voting blocks were not assigned to districts. The Senate map missed 3,200 blocks.

The errors affect nearly half the districts in each chamber. (Read more)

Barber says NAACP will challenge redistricting plan–Source: NBC 17

RALEIGH, N.C. — The North Carolina NAACP plans to challenge the new Congressional districts in court, the Rev. William Barber said Thursday.

Barber said the districts, which were drawn by a committee of the Republican-led General Assembly, violate the Voting Rights Act of 1965. (Read more)

I don’t give a damn about folks opinion of "our" President because . . .

I don’t give a damn about folks opinion of "our" President because if black folks are not following the real fights such as following the redistricting process across the nation and filing lawsuits to challenge them, then we will be living in pure hell for the next 10 years until the next Census.

Hell I guess "our" President will be blamed for the Republicans re-drawing the lines.

However I will challenge the President haters every opportunity I get as long as time permits.

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