RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – The North Carolina governor has called for a special General Assembly session just hours after the state’s re-drawn Congressional districts were released Wednesday afternoon — as the state tries to meet federal guidelines for districts.
Three federal judges ruled two North Carolina districts violated the Voting Rights Act, including the 1st District. That district stretches from Eastern North Carolina into Durham.
The map released on Wednesday has a similar outline, with the 1st District still encompassing most of Durham County and sweeping north to include Granville, Vance, Warren and Halifax counties before arching into Eastern North Carolina.
The 12th Congressional District would be strictly Mecklenburg County.
“It may marginally comply with the court orders, but it does so in a way that certainly is not in the best interest of all the citizens of North Carolina,” said state Sen. Floyd McKissick (D-Durham/Granville)
The proposed congressional redistricting map would put two incumbents in the same district.
Redistricting leader Rep. David Lewis (R-Harnett) says Republican U.S. Rep. George Holding of the 13th and Democratic Rep. David Price of the 4th would live in the same proposed district. The snake-like shape of the 12th District would be eliminated, replaced with a more compact district.
“The new districts are no more legitimate than the old,” Rep. Price said in a statement to WNCN. “The fact that Republicans decided to maintain the current partisan split of seats before they began drawing these new maps demonstrates that they did not set out to ensure fair representation.”
Governor Pat McCrory signed a proclamation on Wednesday afternoon calling the General Assembly to convene for an extra session.
Lewis says it’s expected a separate bill will be filed scheduling a second primary just for the congressional races. No potential dates were released Wednesday.
“This has thrown the election into chaos,” said Lewis. “By making us create a separate primary, turnout will certainly be lower than it would have been on March 15.”
Current Congressional map
Proposed Congressional map
–The Associated Press contributed to this report