Suit Seeks To Prevent New North Carolina Congressional Map In 2020

Suit Seeks To Prevent New North Carolina Congressional Map In 2020

10:13am Nov 01, 2019
In this July 26, 2017 photo, a member of the gallery tries to display her sign while lawmakers convene during a joint select committee meeting on redistricting in Raleigh, N.C. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

A North Carolina congressional candidate is asking a federal court to prevent a new U.S. House map from being used in the 2020 elections. Several voters are also plaintiffs in the lawsuit.

State judges issued a preliminary injunction this week blocking the use of the current congressional districts. They point to evidence showing it's likely the map is an illegal partisan gerrymander favoring Republicans. General Assembly leaders will meet in mid-November to consider a replacement map.

Thursday's lawsuit in eastern North Carolina federal court says a new map so close to the 2020 electoral season would create confusion and violate the rights of voters and candidates.

The Fair Lines America Foundation says it's supporting the lawsuit. The foundation has ties to the National Republican Redistricting Trust.

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