Lawsuit already filed before district maps are approved | Beaufort County Now | Interest groups have already filed lawsuits to block approval of new redistricting maps for North Carolina. The maps are still in development with several legislative map proposals having been presented to the public in recent hearings.

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
    Publisher's Note: This post appears here courtesy of the Carolina Journal. The author of this post is Donna King.

    Interest groups have already filed lawsuits to block approval of new redistricting maps for North Carolina. The maps are still in development with several legislative map proposals having been presented to the public in recent hearings.

    In a motion filed Friday, Oct. 29. the Southern Coalition for Justice is leading the lawsuit for the North Carolina NAACP and Common Cause in N.C. NAACP v. Berger. Their suit names as defendants Senate Leader Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore in their official capacity as legislative leaders, along with chairs of the House and Senate Redistricting and Elections Committees, and members of the North Carolina State Board of Elections.

    Joint Redistricting Chairman Destin Hall, who was named in the filing as a defendant, responded to the action immediately.

    "North Carolina Republicans have embarked on the most transparent redistricting process in North Carolina history," he stated. "I stand firmly behind our process and look forward to fighting against this ludicrous lawsuit."

    The N.C. NAACP and Southern Coalition for Justice have repeatedly sued the Republican-led legislature over district maps. This time, they argue, they're taking legal action against the maps that are not yet completely drawn or approved because they want to get the lawsuits started before the impending candidate filing date of Dec. 6, 2021, precludes legal action.

    "Absent immediate intervention by this Court, the legislature will once again consign North Carolina voters to yet another decade of district uncertainty," the complaint reads.

    Moore, R-Cleveland, pointed out the litigious political strategy, urging Democrats to spend more time on their policies and less on their lawsuits.

    "North Carolina Democrats have reached a new low in their campaign to 'Sue Til Blue,' filing a lawsuit even before the maps have been enacted," he stated. "As they have done for a decade now, the Democrats continue to focus on legal battles when they cannot win at the ballot box."

    The complaint focuses primarily on Voting Rights Act and the groups' objection to the legislature not considering race when drawing the state legislative and congressional district maps, using a "race-neutral" process instead. Previous lawsuits from these groups have been based on their objections to using race in redistricting maps.

    The plaintiffs are asking the court to force the legislature to change its drawing process and asking that the court delay candidate filing and the March 2022 primary elections.

    "Lawmakers' supposed 'race-blind' redistricting process is rigged to reduce the strength of our votes, silence our voices, and negate decades of struggle and sacrifice for fairer maps," said Deborah Dicks Maxwell, President of the North Carolina NAACP. "You can't represent all of North Carolina if you claim not to see us."

    Debate on the redistricting proposals begins Monday, Nov. 1. The House committee is considering a new state House map, while the Senate is considering a version for its chamber. Legislative leaders indicated that final votes on the new boundaries could come later in the week.
Go Back


Latest Op-Ed & Politics

Making oil more expensive
Is the GOP’s electoral wipeout of Democratic candidates in Virginia a harbinger of things to come in North Carolina next year?
No longer the "friendly opposition", the Liberal "ying" to the more studious, more insightful "yang"; no, not the least bit worthy of such.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) said late this week that he would work with the state legislature to figure out what they can do to stop illegal aliens from being flown into the state of Florida by the Biden administration.
After the release of former Today Show co-host Katie Couric’s new book, “Going There,” in which she trashes people left and right, and the report that Couric had tried to humiliate her colleague Ashleigh Banfield at the 2000 Olympics, Fox News meteorologist Janice Dean blasted her on Twitter.


The plaintiffs in the long-running Leandro school funding case have asked the court to bypass the legislature and order the state government to transfer $1.7 billion to begin funding components of the plan.
A report surfaced that gunmen for the drug cartels south of the American border have been taunting Texas National Guard soldiers by standing across the Rio Grande with AK-47s.
Many college campuses aren’t as hospitable to open inquiry and free expression as they should be. However, there is reason for hope.
What you think could not land you on the govt. enemies list
President Joe Biden exploded on Saturday at a reporter who asked him about media reports that his administration was planning to give illegal aliens who were separated from their families at the border under the last administration payouts that could go well into the hundreds of thousands of dollars


Critical race theory is the idea that the United States is a fundamentally racist country and that all of our institutions including the law, culture, business, the economy are all designed to maintain white supremacy.


Back to Top