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NC redistricting suit challenges lack of race data for maps

The North Carolina NAACP, Common Cause and four individuals filed a lawsuit in Wake County court challenging the legislators' refusal to consider racial data or evaluate the presence of racially polarized voting in the state before considering map proposals.

5 Things To Know: Civil Rights Groups Challenge NC Redistricting Efforts in Court

Civil rights groups filed a state lawsuit on Friday challenging the NC General Assembly’s redistricting process for drawing new state House and Senate voting maps.

NC civil rights groups file state lawsuit over redistricting, racial representation concerns

Civil rights groups filed a state lawsuit on Friday that challenges the North Carolina legislature’s process for drawing new N.C. House and Senate voting maps.

Civil rights groups file suit over proposed NC voting maps

"By cynically ignoring the law, legislative leaders are crafting maps that would unconstitutionally deprive Black voters of a voice in choosing their representatives," added Bob Phillips, executive director of Common Cause.

Importance of redistricting: Buncombe County plays major role in state politics

Common Cause is a non-partisan group that is pushing for fair redistricting laws.

Voting rights advocates express concerns over redistricting process at the General Assembly

In a statement, Common Cause NC complained that “improvements to the livestream are sorely needed to ensure the public can more clearly observe the map-drawing process.” The group’s executive director, Bob Phillips, said that it is insufficient to only have the overhead camera showing committee room “from an eye-straining distance” and not to show the names of legislators who appear on the screen. “Those drawing maps should be identified on screen and their faces clearly seen, side by side with the maps they are drawing, and their voices clearly heard,” he said.

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