Tag:redistricting

  • 2017 session opens Wednesday, but real work starts later

    The 2017 long session of the General Assembly starts Wednesday, and the first day is likely to be more ceremonial than substantive. Once members are sworn in and leaders in the House and Senate are elected, lawmakers will head home. They return Jan. 25 to get to work in earnest.

  • SCOTUS temporarily blocks 2017 legislative elections

    The U.S. Supreme Court has blocked a lower court’s order requiring the General Assembly to redraw legislative districts by March 15 and holding special legislative elections this year. The order blocks a ruling from the U.S. Middle District Court until the Supreme Court acts on the appeal. The justices could choose…

  • Judges deny request to delay special elections

    A panel of federal judges has denied a request from North Carolina lawmakers to delay an order to redraw state House and Senate districts by no later than March 15 and hold special legislative elections later this year. This upholds a ruling by the court Nov. 29. In August,…

  • If it’s politics, it’s fine

    Ten words from a single U.S. Supreme Court justice just might have derailed an effort to end partisan gerrymandering through judicial fiat. “If it’s politics, it’s fine; if it’s race, it’s not.” Justice Elena Kagan, an Obama appointee, uttered that line during oral arguments Monday in McCrory v.

  • Turnout will suffer in 2017 NCGA election, court admits

    Low voter turnout is one of several challenges resulting from a court order setting a deadline to redraw legislative districts and establish special legislative elections next year. Judge James Wynn Jr., who sits on the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, wrote the opinion throwing out the current legislative districts…

  • Judge: Wake County voters will use 2011 maps

    The Wake County Board of Elections will revert to using the maps that were in place in 2011 for this year’s school board and county commissioner elections, a federal judge has ruled. All nine members of the school board will be up for re-election this year. They’ll run in single…

  • UPDATE: Fate of Wake County elections expected any day

    UPDATE: In an order issued Sunday, Dever gave Wake County officials until 4 p.m. to respond. According to WRAL News, the county must rank four options:   using the districts the 4th Circuit declared unconstitutional reverting to the maps drawn in 2011 that lawmakers replaced with the unconstitutional maps…

  • NCGA lawyers file new maps for Wake County elections

    Attorneys for legislative leaders have filed new maps with the U.S. District Court and are urging the judge handling the case to approve the maps for the 2016 election for Wake County commissioners and school board members. The maps divide Wake County into seven districts and two…

  • Stam: SCOTUS may need to intervene in Wake County election suit

    While officials are mulling a request from a federal judge to submit new district maps for Wake County commissioner and school board elections, one longtime lawmaker says the U.S. Supreme Court could allow this year’s elections to be held under the disputed plans. “Hopefully, the [House] speaker and the [Senate]…