Superior Court panel okays GOP redistricting maps

By on January 11, 2022

Plaintiffs vow appeal to NC Supreme Court

New NC redistricting map

A three-judge panel in Wake County Superior Court vote on Jan. 11 to uphold the maps created by Republican legislators that were being challenged by several plaintiffs who argue they were drawn for partisan gain and to dilute the impact of racial minorities.

The case now appears headed to the North Carolina Supreme Court, which would decide whether the maps have to be redrawn.

The three judges who heard and ruled on the case in Wake County were appointed by the North Carolina Supreme Court. The panel included two Republicans and one Democrat. The plaintiffs are expected to file for an expedited hearing from the North Carolina Supreme Court which has a majority of Democratic members.

Not surprisingly, reactions to today’s ruling were very different.

North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore said in a statement that, “I am pleased the trial court has ruled in our favor, upholding the maps drawn by the General Assembly in the most transparent process in North Carolina history. Free and fair elections are the result of an open and honest process. The General Assembly’s maps were drawn in the light of day, after months of public comment and feedback.”

The Southern Coalition for Social Justice (SCSJ), which represented plaintiff Common Cause, vowed to appeal to the North Carolina Supreme Court.

“We remain confident that our conclusive evidence of partisan bias, obfuscation, and attacks on Black representation, from expert testimony to the mapmakers’ own admissions, will convince the state’s highest court to protect voters from nefarious efforts to entrench partisan power at the expense of free elections and fair representation,” said Senior Counsel for Voting Rights, Hilary Harris Klein.

The decennial redistricting process sets the tone of the political direction of the state for the next 10 years. If they withstand the legal challenges, the new maps could help Republicans create a veto-proof majority in the General Assembly and help regain control of the US House. As drawn, the maps could pave the way for Republicans to win 11 of the 14 US House seats

Locally, members of both parties were angered when the maps were released showing that Dare County is to be split in Kill Devil Hills for the General Assembly districts.

The Court of Appeals ruled on Dec. 6, 2021, that candidate filing could begin for all offices except US House and the two chambers of the General Assembly. On Dec. 8, however, the Supreme Court stopped all filing and moved the primary date from March 8 to May 17.

Approximately 1,400 candidates filed to run before the filing-period change. The State Board of Elections has stated that those who filed will be able to pull their filings if the district lines change. They also can decide to file for another office.


  • Sandflea

    If you can’t beat ‘em, Cheat ‘em!

    Wednesday, Jan 12 @ 7:28 am
  • Beethoven's 5th

    To the victory goes the spoils and history is filled with examples.

    Wednesday, Jan 12 @ 6:25 pm
  • anotherobxman

    Would it be any surprise as to how each of these three voted? The article doesn’t say.
    A blind man can see this is blatant gerrymandering. Par for the course.

    Wednesday, Jan 12 @ 7:07 pm
  • Sandman

    Yeah, because the left has never gerrymandered ever in the history of U.S. politics.. 🙄

    Thursday, Jan 13 @ 5:55 pm