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New data prompt motion to prevail in redistricting lawsuit

Confusion created by the new redistricting maps caused some voters in the May primary to be assigned to the wrong district and others given the wrong ballots, attorneys representing advocacy groups and others say.

In a motion filed Friday in Wake County Superior Court, they say the new analysis of six counties is sufficient to prove that the maps unconstitutionally disenfranchised voters and should be thrown out. They contend the boundaries were intentionally drawn to segregate minority voters, and were done secretly without considering input from the public hearings that were held.

The groups say they found 2,056 voters in those six counties – including Wake and Durham -- were assigned to the wrong state House, Senate or congressional district, and 222 people received the wrong ballots on Election Day.

Their motion for partial summary judgment contends that this data, along with testimony in depositions and other evidence, makes it unnecessary to continue to trial. The lawsuit was filed last year after the Republican-controlled General Assembly completed the redistricting that is done every decade to reflect changes in the census.

The case is a consolidation of two lawsuits, one brought by four nonprofit advocacy groups, and the other on behalf of Democratic voters.

Update: Here's the full story, published today online and in print.


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Absurd levels of precinct-splitting in these maps

There was absolutely no need to split as many precincts as the legislature did with these maps.

You can gerrymander yourself into power just fine without adding more strain to the election system by needlessly splitting precincts.

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