RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina’s Republican-drawn congressional districts are being challenged again, this time on arguments that politics played too much of a role in boundaries that were redrawn after a court identified racial gerrymandering with a previous map.
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 using 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.