News & Observer, August 12, 2017 - Last August (2016), a three-judge panel decision ordered the North Carolina General Assembly to redraw district maps because the current ones were found to be drawn with “surgical precision” related to race. Regarding “No special NC elections this year; judges order quick drawing of maps to correct unconstitutional gerrymanders” (July 31): Last August (2016), a three-judge panel decision ordered the North Carolina General Assembly to redraw district maps because the current ones were found to be drawn with “surgical precision” related to race. In November of 2016, the legislature filed a suit saying this could not be done in time for special elections in 2017. This spring, Gov. Roy Cooper attempted to have the General Assembly hold a special session with the purpose of complying with this court order. The legislature refused this directive.
The same three-judge panel reviewed the General Assembly’s lack of progress with their order, with Judge Eagles saying “you don’t seem serious.” The General Assembly was given a new deadline of Sept. 1 to comply with the court order. Republican lawmakers has just announced (Aug. 2)that the August session will not address redistricting and therefore no special elections would be held in 2017.
On Sept. 2, if the legislature has done nothing related to the court order, perhaps it is time to hold Senate leader Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore in contempt of court.
[Margie Maddox is a League member. This letter was submitted as a private individual not on behalf of the League.]
Letter to the Editor
News & Observer
August 12, 2017