Voting Rights and Campaign Finance Intersect in NC Lawsuit

Plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the NC Legislature’s redistricting map have requested for a second time that one of three judges on the panel hearing the case recuse himself. That judge, Paul Newby, had benefited from over $1 million in independent expenditures funded by the Washington-based Republican State Leadership Committee. The same group retained the map-drawer for the North Carolina districts in question under the lawsuit. This is not the first time plaintiffs in the case have asked for judge Newby’s removal, Last year, the state supreme court denied a similiar request. The stakes are high at this point in the lawsuit since the lower three-judge panel upheld the maps despite allegations that they diluted African-American voting strength. The case, on appeal from the panel decision, will determine if those maps will be used for the state’s legislative and congressional elections for the next decade

Categories: Law, Lawsuits, Redistricting


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