Judge: Is special session needed on Wake County maps?

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina General Assembly leaders are deciding whether to return to work to redraw local districts in Wake County which were struck down by an appeals court.

A lower court judge is asking lawmakers to tell him in a week if they plan to create new lines for seats on the Wake County Board of Education and county commission for the fall elections. That would require the full General Assembly to hold a special session.

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals blocked the use of the Wake County maps. The legislature approved them beginning this year. A trial judge says he or the State Board of Elections could redraw the districts if lawmakers don’t.

The legislature in February approved new congressional boundaries after they were struck down.

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