Voters’ attorneys say new NC Congress map should be rejected

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Attorneys who sued to get North Carolina’s congressional districts redrawn say a replacement map disregards the ruling of a three-judge panel last month and creates massive partisan gerrymandering instead.

Lawyers for voters in the 1st and 12th Districts filed in federal court their objections to boundaries drawn by the Republican-led General Assembly on Feb. 19. The federal panel ordered a new map after ruling legislators put too many black voters into the two districts. The new map is supposed to be used in a congressional primary June 7.

But the attorneys wrote late Monday night that mapmakers wrongly failed to consider racial demographics at all. They want the judges to reject the new map and draw the boundaries.

State attorneys have until next Monday to respond to those objections.

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