Skip to main contentSkip to main content
You have permission to edit this article.
N. Carolina Supreme Court sets Feb. 2 redistricting hearing

N. Carolina Supreme Court sets Feb. 2 redistricting hearing

  • 0

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's Supreme Court will hear lawyers' arguments in pending redistricting litigation early next month.

The court announced Friday that it will hold a virtual hearing the morning of Feb. 2. Other filing deadlines for briefs were set at intervals over the next 2 1/2 weeks.

The plaintiffs in consolidated redistricting lawsuits appealed quickly Tuesday's decision by three trial judges who declined to strike down the congressional and General Assembly districts enacted by the Republican-controlled legislature in November. Those who sued allege many districts are unlawful partisan gerrymanders and dilute the voting power of Black residents, stacking the deck for the GOP in future elections. Republicans disagree and call the process that create the districts fair and transparent.

The judges wrote that the evidence presented in a trial last week showed the lines “are a result of intentional, pro-Republican partisan redistricting.” But they said stepping in and striking down districts considered “extreme” by advocacy groups and voters as violating the state constitution were outside the judicial branch’s purview, and that redistricting was largely within the legislature's control.

The released schedule would appear to leave the state Supreme Court with little time to rule and keep the May 17 primary — the date already delayed once by the justices — going as scheduled.

The State Board of Elections has said that maps would need to be worked out by Feb. 18 to allow for the “orderly preparation” for the May 17 primary. And should districts be struck down, state law directs that the General Assembly receive at least two weeks “to remedy any defects identified" with lines before a court can impose its own substitute plan.

Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without permission.


Get Government & Politics updates in your inbox!

* I understand and agree that registration on or use of this site constitutes agreement to its user agreement and privacy policy.

Related to this story

Most Popular

  • Updated

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Donald Trump stepped up his election-year effort to dominate the Republican Party, holding a rally in Arizona on Saturday in which he castigated anyone who dares to question his lie that the 2020 presidential election was stolen, including the state’s GOP governor, Doug Ducey.

Get up-to-the-minute news sent straight to your device.


Breaking News