GOP Lawmakers Tell Expert To Leave Legislative Maps Alone

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Publish Date:
November 18, 2017
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  • Robertson, Gary D.
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Associated Press News
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But as with maps they first approved in 2011, the three-judge panel hasn’t yet formally struck down specific districts that lawmakers remade in 2017. Instead, the judges asked Stanford University law professor Nathaniel Persily to come up with proposed changes for review before they rule. Candidate filing begins in mid-February.

Earlier this week, Persily unveiled his ideas that altered about two dozen districts and asked for any formal objections by Friday.

But as with maps they first approved in 2011, the three-judge panel hasn’t yet formally struck down specific districts that lawmakers remade in 2017. Instead, the judges asked Stanford University law professor Nathaniel Persily to come up with proposed changes for review before they rule. Candidate filing begins in mid-February.

Earlier this week, Persily unveiled his ideas that altered about two dozen districts and asked for any formal objections by Friday.

Persily wrote Monday that his draft maps sought to remove residual racial bias or predominance in four districts cited by the court in and around Greensboro, Fayetteville and a few eastern counties. He also retooled several districts in Wake and Mecklenburg counties because the judges are worried five were unnecessarily redrawn in August, a potential violation of the state constitution.

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