Dozens speak on latest NC court-ordered redistricting

September 16, 2019 - 2:34 pm

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Speakers at a public hearing about the latest court-mandated redistricting in North Carolina told legislators the redrawing process is improved but are split on whether replacement maps are any better.

The House and Senate redistricting committees met on Monday and took comments from over 50 citizens and representatives of interest groups from different political stripes.

General Assembly members face a Wednesday deadline to enact new maps. State judges earlier this month declared 2017 boundaries illegally tainted by partisan motivations that favored Republicans.

The judges said no political data or election results could be used in drawing new plans. Some speakers like Renee Sekel of Cary said lawmakers are still violating the spirit of the judges' directive because they've been tweaking lines to protect current incumbents for the 2020 elections.

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