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    Judges: No special elections for North Carolina

    Federal judges on Monday rejected a request by North Carolina voters who sued over General Assembly district boundaries to hold special elections next March in new districts once lines are redrawn to eliminate illegal racial gerrymandering.

    The unanimous order by the three-judge panel means the next legislative elections won't occur until November 2018, as regularly scheduled. But the judges did tell Republican lawmakers who control the legislature that they'll have to approve new House and Senate boundaries by this September at least two months earlier than GOP leaders sought.

    The panel ruled in August 2016 that 28 state House and Senate districts were illegally drawn based on racial considerations. After Republicans took the case to the U.S. Supreme Court, the justices upheld the lower court decision to throw out those boundaries. Democrats hope the new boundaries could help them erode the GOP's veto-proof majorities in both legislative chambers.

    Judges: No special elections in North Carolina - POLITICO

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    Quote Originally Posted by bajisima View Post
    Federal judges on Monday rejected a request by North Carolina voters who sued over General Assembly district boundaries to hold special elections next March in new districts once lines are redrawn to eliminate illegal racial gerrymandering.

    The unanimous order by the three-judge panel means the next legislative elections won't occur until November 2018, as regularly scheduled. But the judges did tell Republican lawmakers who control the legislature that they'll have to approve new House and Senate boundaries by this September — at least two months earlier than GOP leaders sought.

    The panel ruled in August 2016 that 28 state House and Senate districts were illegally drawn based on racial considerations. After Republicans took the case to the U.S. Supreme Court, the justices upheld the lower court decision to throw out those boundaries. Democrats hope the new boundaries could help them erode the GOP's veto-proof majorities in both legislative chambers.

    Judges: No special elections in North Carolina - POLITICO
    Works for me.

    When districts have unusual shapes and dangley little appendages, there is prolly some funny business going on......
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    We need an independent commission in every state doing this. California's is considered to be a huge success, especially by local Republicans, who all know that with Democratic supermajorities in the legislature and gubernatorial control, they'd have far less than 15 U.S. House seats under the classic system (conversely, if Democratic hopes for a wave election in 2018 pan out, all of those guys are in big, big trouble). It should be emulated everywhere.

    State legislators drawing up maps on how they themselves are elected and how they will be elected when they are able to go to the next level is the definition of a conflict of interest. It only remains this way because of a time when only the state legislature had the practical cohesion to execute the task, as it often constituted the only group of any kind that gathered qualified decisionmakers from all corners of the state in one place. No longer the case.

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