N.C. court delays spring primaries due to gerrymandering lawsuits

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NS North Carolina Supreme Court Wednesday adjourned all March 8, 2022 primaries to May 17 of next year, to allow lower courts to review gerrymander lawsuits affecting state elections.

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big picture: The two-month shift affects everything from the US Senate race to the already-delayed Charlotte City Council election. The Republican-led legislature has faced claims of gerrymandering since early November, when it finalized it. new maps For the US House, State Senate and State House.

why it matters: Voting, possibly.

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There are many voters in this purple state already tired of the constant changes For maps and changes in election dates over the past decade.

  • In a three-day period beginning Monday, a lower court barred the candidate’s filing, then was that decision overturned, and now this from the Supreme Court of the state.

Between the lines: Charlotte’s city council election it was already late From this November to spring 2022, after the U.S. Census Bureau delayed providing 2020 population figures, which would allow the council to redeploy local districts.

  • The city council primary was scheduled for March 8. Now it will be May 17, 2022 – unless that decision is reversed. In other words, this council would have been in place for more than half a year after a scheduled re-election.
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What else is affected: US Senate Primary, State Senate Primary and State House Primary.

  • Also, the court’s decision put a stay on the filing of the candidate, which was to be completed by December 17.

What will happen next: The ruling directs lower courts to provide their own written decisions by January 11, 2022, to maintain that schedule.

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