Tuesday, August 1, 2017

U.S. District Court Won’t Force NC to Hold Special Election in 2017

Thanks to Richard Winger of Ballot Access News for this post.

On July 31st, a Three Judge U.S. District Court Ruled that North Carolina does not hold a Special Election in 2017 for State Legislative Seats.

But it said the Legislature must Pass a Redistricting Legislative Plan by September 1st, for the 2018 Election.

This is all due to an earlier U.S. Supreme Court Ruling, upholding a Lower Court Ruling, that the Current Legislative Districts are an Unconstitutional Racial Gerrymander. Covington v State of North Carolina, m.d., 1:15cv-399.

The Plaintiffs had urged the Court to Redraw New Districts Now and then Force the State to use those New Districts in a Special Election held this Year.

For the 2018 Election Only, the Ruling Suspends the North Carolina Law that says Candidates for the Legislature must have Lived in their District for One Year. They will only need to Live in their District when they File for Office.

All North Carolina Legislators, Senators, and Representatives alike, have Two-Year Terms.

CLICK HERE to read the 11 page (pdf) Ruling.

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