RALEIGH, NC (AP / WNCN) – Rights groups and voters have taken legal action to block the North Carolina General Assembly schedule to pass new limits for legislative seats next week .
They say Republicans are breaking rules designed to ensure black voters can elect their preferred candidates.
The state’s NAACP, Common Cause and four people filed a lawsuit in Wake County court Friday to challenge lawmakers’ refusal to consider racial data or assess racially polarized voting in the state before to examine the card proposals.
Republicans argue that maps drawn in the late 2010s that were approved by the courts did not use such data. The plaintiffs also want the March primary for legislative seats to be delayed.
North Carolina’s top Republicans responded to the lawsuit Friday night, saying it was filed before the cards were even created.
“North Carolina Democrats hit a new low in their campaign for ‘Sue’ Til Blue ‘- taking legal action before the cards were even passed. As they have been doing for a decade now, Democrats continue to focus on legal battles when they can’t win at the polls, ”Speaker of the House Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) said in a statement.
House committee chairman Destin Hall of Caldwell County said GOP leaders refrain from making decisions based on election results.
“North Carolina Republicans have embarked on the most transparent redistribution process in North Carolina history. I strongly support our process and look forward to fighting this ridiculous lawsuit, ”Hall said in a statement.