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Senators will vote Wednesday to delay state primary to June 7

Senators will vote Wednesday to delay state primary to June 7th
Published: Jan. 17, 2022 at 3:59 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 17, 2022 at 4:08 PM EST
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RALEIGH, N.C. (WITN) - State senators are expected to vote Wednesday on delaying this year’s primary to June 7.

The statewide primary is set for May 17, but several groups contend the new redistricting maps are unconstitutional.

The state Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments in that case on February 2.

The state Board of Elections said it needs finalized districts in place by February 14 in order to get everything ready for a May 17 primary date.

The GOP-controlled Senate says if the high court mandates the redrawing of districts, the timeframe will be too tight to then allow potential candidates to file for office in the new districts in time for a May 17 primary.

If approved, it would be the second time the 2022 primary has been delayed. In December, the Supreme Court ordered the March 8th election moved to May because of the pending lawsuits over redistricting.

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