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Judges: Too Late For New NC Congressional Districts By November

Sep 4, 2018
The State Board of Elections has stopped work on the Nov. 6 ballot, after two rulings this week questioned whether the election can proceed as planned.
North Carolina General Assembly

A panel of federal judges formally backed off Tuesday the idea of requiring a new congressional map for North Carolina's fall elections, one week after broaching the possibility when the judges declared the current lines illegal partisan gerrymanders.

The 9th District congressional race featuring Republican Mark Harris, left, and Democrat Dan McCready could be upended by a new congressional map.
Mark Harris For Congress / Dan McCready For Congress

Myers Park is Dan McCready's home neighborhood, and his blue yard signs are a common sight on its front lawns. But after a dramatic ruling Monday by a three-judge panel that found the state's Congressional map unconstitutional, North Carolina's fall election schedule could be overturned. 

State Board of Elections Halts Ballot Preparation

Aug 29, 2018
NC Board of Ethics and Enforcement
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The North Carolina Board of Elections said Wednesday it has stopped work on preparing ballots for the Nov. 6 general election after back-to-back judicial rulings this week questioned whether the election can proceed as planned.

The State Board of Elections has stopped work on the Nov. 6 ballot, after two rulings this week questioned whether the election can proceed as planned.
North Carolina General Assembly

Monday's ruling by a three-judge panel that North Carolina's current Congressional maps are unconstitutional could mean the current election schedule for those races is scrapped this year, leaving the state and both political parties scrambling to determine what comes next, nine weeks before the general election.

The Conversation: 9 Essential Reads On The Supreme Court And Gerrymandering

Jun 20, 2018

On June 18, the U.S. Supreme Court kicked a closely watched case on gerrymandering back to the lower court.

Gerrymandering – where states are carved up into oddly shaped electoral districts favoring one political party over another – has ignited debates in a number of states, including North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Maryland.

The Supreme Court of the United States.
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The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on two closely watched gerrymandering cases Monday but sidestepped the main issue — whether it's illegal to draw districts to give an unfair advantage to one party.  Experts say the issues could be more clear cut in a North Carolina case pending before the court. Justices could announce as early as next week if they plan to hear the case this fall.

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Updated 6:01 p.m.
The U.S. Supreme Court issued rulings Monday in two gerrymandering cases, from Wisconsin and Maryland, that are being closely watched in North Carolina. But the rulings don't touch on the key issue, whether it's legal to redraw districts to give an unfair advantage to a political party.

State judges ruled Friday that primary elections in four Wake County legislative districts can go forward next month, despite a challenge to the boundaries that were redrawn over the past year.  The three-judge panel at Wake County Superior Court in Raleigh said that with candidate filing complete and the election just a few weeks away, it was too late to halt the vote. 

The Supreme Court of the United States.
Matt Wade / Wikimedia Commons

The Supreme Court has already heard a major case about political line-drawing that has the potential to reshape American politics. Now, before even deciding that one, the court is taking up another similar case.

NC Candidates Begin Filing For Office

Feb 12, 2018
Candidates and their supporters pack the Mecklenburg County Board of Elections on Monday, the first day of the filing period.
Michael Falero

The filing period for candidates running for local and state races this November started Monday.

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