NC Senate passes redrawn congressional districts, sends to House

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCT) – A big day for state politics as elected leaders traveled to Raleigh during their break on the governor’s orders.

Governor Pat McCrory called a special session to make sure the state meets a court deadline to redraw two congressional districts.

9 On Your Side got a look at the proposal Wednesday night for district one and twelve. And late Thursday afternoon, state senators passed the new version of the map.

Taking a look at District One, a seat currently held by Democrat GK Butterfield, the old map included parts of Lenoir, Greene, Beaufort, and Craven counties. The new map under consideration moves all of these voters to District Three.

That means some would have a new representative in D.C. Currently, it’s Republican Walter B Jones.

The debate is on a time crunch, not only for Friday’s deadline, but for the March primary. That’s putting pressure on getting everything squared away.

Lawmakers gathered early Thursday morning to tackle two separate issues. The Senate discussed the proposed maps and the House talked about potential primary dates.

With new maps being drawn so close to the current March 15 primary date, a new election day would have to be voted on.

Members of the House talked about two potentials days.

“We could have the congressional primary the same date as the second primary for the March 15 election, which I think is likely to happen,” said Brent Jones. “We could do it separately, but that creates more cost for the state.”

This is not the first time the districts have come under fire.

Senate Democratic leader Dan Blue said the process needs to be changed

“To elect something like 70 percent, 75 percent of the congress people, of one political party, that makes no sense,” said Dan Blue. “It’s not the way that democracy should operate. So we can talk about ways that we can change that and, hopefully, that will make a difference.”

Late Thursday afternoon, the Senate passed the new version of the map 32 to 15 and sent it over to the House.

The whole reason the state waited until now to start the process is that leaders were hoping the Supreme Court would intervene and delay the process of redistricting.

And everyone is still waiting for the court to give an answer.

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