Federal court orders North Carolina to redraw legislative maps, conduct special election in 2017bladenonline 11/30/2016 0 COMMENTS
With the dust barely settled from the 2016 Presidential election, voters in North Carolina are going to have to go to the polls in a special legislative election in 2017 following a federal court ruling on Tuesday. In a ruling made earlier in 2016, the US District Court ruled that the current legislative maps were unconstitutional as two districts were drawn based solely on race and ordered the NC General Assembly to redraw the maps.
The court order directed the General Assembly to redraw the congressional maps by January 25, 2017 and hold a special election in 2017 using the newly drawn districts. The court order issued Tuesday, orders the state to conduct a a special primary to take place in August or September 2017 and general elections in early November 2017.
Legislators elected under the current maps will take office on January 2, 2017, and will serve a one year term. Read the entire ruling here.