Legislative leaders ask to keep Wake County maps in November


RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina General Assembly leaders have asked a U.S. District judge to allow elections in the state’s second-most populous county to proceed, using maps that were blocked by an appeals court earlier this month.

Senate Leader Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore on Monday asked U.S. District Judge James Dever to hold off on redrawing the maps for Wake County education board and commission districts before the Nov. 8 elections, saying changing them now could create voter confusion.

A 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel blocked the legislature-approved maps July 1, saying they likely were drawn to benefit Republicans.

Revised districts would require the full General Assembly approve them in a special session. If lawmakers do not act, Dever or the State Board of Elections could redraw maps.

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