State legislators continue redistricting talks; no word yet from US Supreme Court

RALEIGH, NC (WNCT)- Some of your elected leaders started planning how they’d redraw two districts ahead of Friday’s deadline.

A lower court put the general assembly on the clock to fix racial gerrymandering of districts one and twelve. The Supreme Court hasn’t decided if the state can delay this until after the March primary. Legislators met for hours on Tuesday nailing down what they’d do if a stay is not issued.

The appointed committee took votes on what sort of criteria they would need to use if it came down to them actually redrawing the lines. They talked about keeping the district as compact as possible, taking political data into consideration, and the new maps must maintain the current ten to three split on party lines in Congress.

“The only way to make sure that face is not the predominate factor is to make sure it’s not a factor when the maps are being considered,” Representative Davis Lewis said.

State senator, Erica Smith Ingram said, “We are drawing these lines so that we get to pick our voters as opposed to them choosing us, it is unfair, it should not be perpetuated in this process and i will not be supporting this.”

9 On your Side talked with Representative Jean Farmer-Butterfield who says the joint select re-districting committee will be prepared to have new lines drawn by Friday.The committee’s new maps won’t be available for public review until Wednesday. Governor Pat McCrory still needs to call a special session of the general assembly to approve them.

The committee’s new maps won’t be available for public review until Wednesday. Governor Pat McCrory still needs to call a special session of the general assembly to approve them.

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