Wednesday, November 22, 2023

The NC Senate District That Prompted a Lawsuit


The newly gerrymandered Senate District 2 stretches more than 160 miles from the Virginia border to Carteret County on the Atlantic Ocean. It descends diagonally southeastward from Warren County, then protrudes, like a hitchhiker's thumb, northward encompassing Washington and Chowan counties, then dips back down towards the coast.

That map "cracks" Black majority counties to give white Republicans the majority, which a Federal lawsuit alleges violates the Voting Rights Act.

Attorneys for the two North Carolina Black plaintiffs bringing the suit (from Halifax and Martin counties, respectively) also filed a motion to expedite proceedings, asking the court to finish arguments and decide on a motion for a preliminary injunction by Dec. 1 — three days before candidate filing begins.

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