Redistricting Laws

North Carolina voters may have to deal with another redistricting lawsuit that alleges state legislative boundaries drawn by the General Assembly are illegal.

If a federal three-judge panel in New Bern sides this week with
a group of Republican voters, the May 6 primary could be delayed.
Those voters sued after a state Supreme Court decision last year
involving one state House district.

The plaintiffs in the new lawsuit said the current House and
Senate districts shouldn't be used again because they have so many
problems.

Also in jeopardy are the races for governor, Council of State
and Congress. State law requires that those primaries would have to
be rescheduled for the same date. And the presidential primaries
also set for May 6 would be in jeopardy.

Legislative redistricting litigation delayed two of the three
previous even-numbered year primaries, in 2002 and 2004.


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