Judges Refuse To Delay State Primary

A three-judge panel has refused to delay North Carolina's May 8 primary while a court considers a lawsuit over Republican-drawn boundaries for legislative and congressional districts.

Wake County Superior Court Judge Paul Ridgeway said Friday's unanimous ruling reflects a pragmatic examination of the case. Ridgeway says the two-month delay requested by the plaintiffs would not have made much difference in resolving the election districts.

Democratic elected officials and civil rights and election watchdog groups argue the plans are unconstitutional because of racial gerrymandering and boundaries that cross too many county lines. They had wanted the primary postponed until July 10.

Legislative leaders and lawyers for the state say the boundaries are legal and a preliminary injunction is not needed.

Candidate filing is scheduled to begin in less than four weeks.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by The Original ENC Location: enc on Jan 20, 2012 at 01:00 PM
    Previous districts represented the will of the majority. Now the Republicans are the majority, so only fitting that lines be allowed to be redrawn. The Democrats had them their way for years. The joys of free elections.
  • by Dave Location: Wilson on Jan 20, 2012 at 12:41 PM
    Nothing but sour grapes from the dems. For the first time in a 100 years they were not able to put the Republicans at a election disadvantage. This secures the Republican majority in the House and Senate and gives the Republicans a chance for 1 or maybe even 2 more seats in the US House. Add to that the Republican Govenor we will have next year and North Carolina is looking good!!!
  • by Mustang Location: midstate on Jan 20, 2012 at 12:30 PM
    Funny how the Dems didn't mind the gerrymandering and crossing of county lines when it was in their favor. I'm glad trhe conservatives in this state may soon have more of a voice in how things are done.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Jan 20, 2012 at 11:31 AM
    I guess we will have to hear the libterds relaying their anger without anger management. You wanted the suit but you will not get both.
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