Dozens of people sued Thursday to challenge redistricting plans for the Legislature and North Carolina's congressional seats, saying the boundaries are illegal under state and federal laws although federal attorneys announced earlier this week they wouldn't object to them.
The lawsuit filed in Wake County Superior Court argues the maps should be struck down and boundaries redrawn because they illegally cluster black voters in certain districts, split hundreds of voting precincts needlessly and cross too many county lines.
The plaintiffs, who include former and current state lawmakers who live in districts being challenged, reinforce in the lawsuits arguments made by Democrats during General Assembly debate over the maps in July.
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