Wake elections board says current districts are most feasible for November


RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – The Wake County Board of Elections said Monday the most feasible option for November’s election is to keep the districts that were ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge.

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In July, a federal appeals court ruled the district maps drawn by the Republican-led General Assembly in 2013 were unconstitutional.

Absentee ballots must start to go out in the mail by Sept. 9 and election officials said the ballots take a month to prepare.

But the judge wants to hear what the Wake County Board of Elections thinks first.

The judge presented four options to the Wake County Board of Elections and asked the board to rank which ones are feasible.

The first uses the district lines as they are currently set, the second uses lines drawn in 2011, the first would be a plan introduced by a Democratic state lawmaker and the fourth is a plan created by GOP legislative leaders.

In a court filing, the Wake Board of Elections said most feasible option is to proceed with election using districts found to be unconstitutional.

“Defendant’s rankings are solely related to feasibility from an election administration perspective. It does not address or express any opinion on the propriety of any particular remedy or any potential impact on orderly elections after November 8, 2016.”

The next most feasible option is to revert back to districts created in 2011.

After that, districts proposed by Rep. Rosa Gill (D-Wake).

On Twitter, Mark Ezzell, the Democratic board member on the Wake County Board of Elections who voted against the early voting plan, said he’s going to file an appeal to the state board with an alternate plan. Unclear what that will be.

It is unclear when the judge will determine what option to use.

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