Court ruling orders new legislative elections in 2017; State pla - WECT TV6-WECT.com:News, weather & sports Wilmington, NC

Court ruling orders new legislative elections in 2017; State plans to appeal

Lawmakers must redraw nearly 30 legislative districts under a decision released Tuesday by a federal district court. Lawmakers must redraw nearly 30 legislative districts under a decision released Tuesday by a federal district court.

Some members of North Carolina’s General Assembly may have to run for office again in 2017, one year sooner than expected, if a ruling released Tuesday by a federal District Court is upheld. The court ruled state lawmakers must draw new redistricting maps for House and Senate districts ruled unconstitutional earlier just three months ago.

The court ruled in August that more than two dozen state House and Senate districts approved by the General Assembly in 2011 were unconstitutional because of racial gerrymandering.

At the time of the ruling, the court did not impose a deadline for lawmakers to redraw the lines and bring the districts into compliance. In the decision released Tuesday, the court orders Districts 5, 7, 12, 21, 24,29, 31, 32, 33, 38, 42, 43, 48, 57, 58, 60, 99, 102, and 107; and Senate Districts 4, 5, 14, 20, 21, 28, 32, 38 and 40 be redrawn by March 15, 2017.

None of those districts include New Hanover, Brunswick, Pender, Columbus or Bladen counties.

The decision also mandates the state must hold special primary and general elections in the fall of 2017, to elect new legislators in the districts ordered redrawn, and any other current district redrawn under the decision.

The primary would be scheduled in late August or early September, with the General Election to take place in early November, on dates to be determined by the General Assembly. Representatives and Senators winning in these elections would serve one-year terms. 

The decision brought quick criticism from the leaders of the House and Senate Redistricting Committees, Rep. David Lewis (R-Harnett) and Sen. Bob Rucho (R-Mecklenburg). The two men released a joint statement:  

“This politically-motivated decision, which would effectively undo the will of millions of North Carolinians just days after they cast their ballots, is a gross overreach that blatantly disregards the constitutional guarantee for voters to duly elect their legislators to biennial terms. We continue to believe the maps drawn by the General Assembly, pre-cleared by the Obama Justice Department and twice upheld by our state’s elected Supreme Court are constitutional, and we will move quickly to appeal.

The email statement from Lewis and Rucho added that the maps approved in 2011 had pre-clearance from the United States Justice Department. The state has appealed the court’s August ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court. 

Copyright 2016 WECT. All rights reserved.

  • PoliticsMore>>

  • Cooper to take action on budget 'in coming days'

    Cooper to take action on budget 'in coming days'

    Thursday, June 22 2017 3:17 PM EDT2017-06-22 19:17:56 GMT
    Gov. Roy Cooper will decide whether to veto the state budget approved Thursday by the General Assembly. (Source: WECT)Gov. Roy Cooper will decide whether to veto the state budget approved Thursday by the General Assembly. (Source: WECT)

    Governor Roy Cooper will decide soon whether to veto the budget plan passed by the General Assembly. House lawmakers voted 77-38 Thursday afternoon to give final approval to the $23 billion spending plan that supporters say contains middle-class tax cuts, nearly ten percent teacher raises on average over two years, and money for Hurricane Matthew relief and reserves. 

    More >>

    Governor Roy Cooper will decide soon whether to veto the budget plan passed by the General Assembly. House lawmakers voted 77-38 Thursday afternoon to give final approval to the $23 billion spending plan that supporters say contains middle-class tax cuts, nearly ten percent teacher raises on average over two years, and money for Hurricane Matthew relief and reserves. 

    More >>
  • GOP leaders reject Gov. Cooper's order for special session on redistricting

    GOP leaders reject Gov. Cooper's order for special session on redistricting

    Thursday, June 8 2017 2:25 PM EDT2017-06-08 18:25:10 GMT
    Republican lawmakers in the General Assembly are refusing to hold a special legislative session to redraw voting maps, pushing back against the order of Gov. Roy Cooper. (Source: ncgov)Republican lawmakers in the General Assembly are refusing to hold a special legislative session to redraw voting maps, pushing back against the order of Gov. Roy Cooper. (Source: ncgov)

    Republican leaders in the General Assembly are pushing back against Governor Roy Cooper’s call for a special legislative session to redraw voting maps, after the U.S. Supreme Court found current lines unconstitutional. 

    More >>

    Republican leaders in the General Assembly are pushing back against Governor Roy Cooper’s call for a special legislative session to redraw voting maps, after the U.S. Supreme Court found current lines unconstitutional. 

    More >>
  • Briggs announces candidacy for seat on Wilmington City Council in 2017

    Briggs announces candidacy for seat on Wilmington City Council in 2017

    Thursday, June 8 2017 12:54 PM EDT2017-06-08 16:54:25 GMT
    Hollis Briggs has declared his intention to run for a seat on Wilmington City Council in 2017. (Source: Facebook)Hollis Briggs has declared his intention to run for a seat on Wilmington City Council in 2017. (Source: Facebook)

    Another candidate has announced intentions to run for a seat on Wilmington City Council.  Hollis Briggs Jr, who is a native of Wilmington, said in a news release his campaign “will focus on government accountability and public safety”. 

    More >>

    Another candidate has announced intentions to run for a seat on Wilmington City Council.  Hollis Briggs Jr, who is a native of Wilmington, said in a news release his campaign “will focus on government accountability and public safety”. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly