State Supreme Court Next Stop For Redistricting Case

RALEIGH (AP) - Lawyers for lawmakers who helped draw North Carolina's congressional and General Assembly district maps and attorneys for those challenging the boundaries now go face-to-face with the state's highest court.

The state Supreme Court scheduled 90 minutes of oral arguments Monday over litigation about the redistricting performed by Republican legislative leaders in 2011.

Democratic voters and civil rights and election advocacy groups say the boundaries are illegal racial gerrymanders that curb black voting power and needlessly split up counties and precincts.

A three-judge panel of Superior Court judges last summer upheld the maps, saying they didn't impair constitutional rights as defined by law.

Map opponents want the justices to order new lines be drawn and current maps blocked from use in the 2014 elections. They were already used in 2012 races.

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