Issues of race while drawing North Carolina's current legislative and congressional districts will be front and center in a brief trial involving pending redistricting litigation.
A three-judge panel planned to hear testimony and arguments for two days starting Tuesday in Raleigh.
The Superior Court judges heard arguments in February on motions to dismiss the lawsuits filed by Democratic voters and advocacy groups and other motions to declare the maps unconstitutional.
The judges haven't ruled on the motions, but said later they wanted another hearing on two issues.
One is whether Republican mapmakers were justified in 2011 to draw majority-black districts to remedy what they call racially polarized voting to avoid federal voting rights challenges. The judges also want to examine whether race was the predominant factor in forming six districts.
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