RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Federal judges have declined for now to strike down the latest edition of North Carolina congressional district boundaries being used in next week’s primary elections.
A three-judge panel Thursday denied the objections filed by attorneys for voters who initially sued in 2013 to challenge the 1st and 12th Districts. The judges in February agreed the two districts were illegal racial gerrymanders, causing Republican legislators to redraw the entire map. The March 15 congressional primary also was delayed to this coming Tuesday.
The plaintiffs argue the new boundaries were unconstitutional and should be rejected. But U.S. Circuit Judge Roger Gregory said those who sued hadn’t sufficiently offered a legal theory why the new plan violates their voting rights. Gregory wrote the ruling didn’t constitute an endorsement of the plan.