RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina’s congressional districts that were redrawn this year after a court identified racial gerrymandering with a previous map — is being challenged again, this time on arguments politics played too much of a role with the latest boundaries.
Common Cause, the state Democratic Party and Democratic voters sued the state, Republican legislative leaders and Gov. Pat McCrory on Friday in federal court. Those challenging the law want a court to rule the districts unconstitutional and prevent their use. A primary election already was held under the boundaries. General election absentee ballots are to be distributed next month.
The case largely focuses on comments made by Rep. David Lewis. He called the current maps a “partisan gerrymander” designed to maintain the Republicans’ current 10-3 majority in the state’s congressional delegation.