Tag:redistricting

  • Judges, Academics Tackle Redistricting Reform

    North Carolina’s constantly shifting population and demographics, and the sour taste both Democrats and Republicans have experienced as a minority party with no meaningful role in the legislative redistricting process, could offer strong incentives to transform redistricting to a nonpartisan, independent commission model, a group of academics, analysts, and retired…

  • PARODY: GOP Plan Puts Real Choice in Congressional Elections

    In the event federal judges throw out the latest North Carolina congressional district maps, a group of Republicans in the General Assembly has devised a plan that allows voters to cast their ballot for any state congressional candidate, even if the voter lives in another congressional district, according to sources.

  • Expert: Virginia Redistricting Ruling Could Foreshadow N.C. Outcome

    A Virginia congressional redistricting case expected to be argued March 21 before the U.S. Supreme Court could suggest the eventual outcome of North Carolina’s similar congressional redistricting dispute, a nationally recognized election law expert says. Richard Hasen, a professor at the University of California-Irvine School of Law, has been following…

  • N.C. Attorneys Say Redistricting Lawsuit Puts State in Double Jeopardy

    Attorneys representing the state of North Carolina in the Harris v. McCrory lawsuit — in which earlier this month a three-judge federal district court panel threw out the congressional districts drawn in 2011, resulting in a delay in the state’s  congressional primary — claim in court documents that the plaintiffs who filed…

  • Academics: North Carolina Voters Lose In Redistricting Battle

    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s death, and the resulting 4-4 philosophical divide among the remaining justices, likely swung Chief Justice John Roberts’ decision not to issue a stay in North Carolina’s congressional redistricting case, say several political science professors who follow the electoral process. The General Assembly’s decision substituting…

  • Lawmakers Race To Draw New Maps, Reschedule Primary

    Final votes will be taken today approving 13 redrawn congressional districts, along with a revised election calendar pushing back the congressional primary from March 15 to June 7, and eliminating runoff primaries for all election races this year. The Senate debated and passed the new congressional boundaries on a 32-15…

  • Special Session Will Address Congressional Districts

    Gov. Pat McCrory on Wednesday issued a proclamation convening a special session of the General Assembly at 10 a.m. Thursday to address a federal court ruling that halted North Carolina’s congressional primary. State Rep. David Lewis, R-Harnett, said plans are moving forward to use new maps and to set a…

  • Mapmakers Removing Race From New Congressional Districts

    Members of the Joint Select Committee on Congressional Redistricting sparred for 4 ½ hours Tuesday in a meeting featuring mostly party-line votes and intense reactions from stunned Democrats after Republican leaders declared they would omit any and all racial considerations when redrawing congressional districts. Passions rose when Republicans said their…

  • Legislators Get An Earful At Redistricting Hearings

    Voters, candidates, and political partisans exchanged sharply divided views and occasional vitriol Monday in a marathon public hearing about North Carolina congressional redistricting in the wake of a federal court decision placing the scheduled March 15 primary in jeopardy. Members of the General Assembly’s Joint Select Committee on Congressional Redistricting…

  • N.C. Supreme Court Ends Redistricting Lawsuit

    While North Carolina waits on the U.S. Supreme Court to rule on congressional redistricting, the N.C. Supreme Court has closed its books (for now) on legislative and congressional redistricting. According to North Carolina’s Republican legislative leaders, the N.C. Supreme Court denied a motion by plaintiffs to rehear the case. In…