WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - State leaders only have a few days left to redraw the lines that decide where you vote. A Federal judge panel ordered lawmakers to have the new voting map completed by February 19.
With just a few days notice, dozens of people crowded into a room at CFCC's North Campus Monday morning. Each had 5 minutes to voice their feelings.
Public hearings like this one happened across the state. It was standing room only at the hearing in New Hanover County. The three-judge panel struck down congressional districts 1 and 12, saying they are the product of racial gerrymandering. Republicans have asked the U.S. Supreme Court for a stay, to keep the current lines in place for the 2016 elections.
The hearing lasted for several hours as residents in four other locations throughout the state also spoke out. The General Assembly could be called into special session this week, to act on that feedback and make a decision on the new maps.