North Carolina, Unc Chapel Hill, Reporter discussed on All Things Considered
Running for election this fall and, not knowing what areas you might represent that is the challenge facing congressional candidates in North Carolina a panel. Of federal judges ruled yesterday that the state's congressional districts are? Unfairly drawn to favor Republicans the court. Says new maps must be redrawn before this November's election joining us now, to discuss North Carolina's redistricting dynamics is rusty Jacobs he's. A political reporter at member station w. UNC Chapel Hill. Welcome thank you so tell us why, the court said these mats are unconstitutional and need to be redrawn right away, the court says these, maps are, unconstitutional because they violate key constitutional protections for North Carolina voters they are so mangled and. Shaped in such a way to carve out political advantage for. Republicans that they deprive North Carolina voters. Of first amendment and equal protection rights and they need to, be corrected right, away because, you've got. Election day. Right around the Corner absentee ballots. Needs to go out in a few weeks candidates are out there campaigning raising. Money and they also note that North Carolina voters have. Gone six years and three election cycles with unconstitutional maps right these are twenty sixteen maps originally discarded. Because of racial, gerrymandering and then this next set of maps was concluded to be extreme partisan gerrymandering so North Carolina voters in the. Eyes of this court deprived of constitutional representation in congress so. How. Republican lawmakers. Reacting to this decision they're slamming the decision they say it's more political than legal I spoke with. Senator Ralph Pisces he's a member of the state Senate leadership, achieve figuring the drawing of these. Maps and he noted that the opinions author is an Obama appointee none of those candidates have any idea what the district's look like whether they'll be running whether they, will continue to be their party's nominee all that's kind of just been thrown into chaos And you know I. Think you look at it chaos was, the intent so he says chaos by design Democrats though say you reap what you so constitutional hardball becomes, constitution? Snood that what seems to be hard headed Republicans just going. Forward and going for partisan advantage I don't think they are seeing that the. Fruits and that is just more instability more distrust more imbalanced so MAC mccorkell longtime political. Consultant the Democrats saying that Republicans are seeing, the results of them. Trying so hard to preserve their power. Now Republicans hold ten out of. The thirteen house districts in North Carolina so if these lines get redrawn how would, you see that affecting house races this November it's hard to. Say I even before this decision from the court national Democrats see, some of the seats, held by Republicans right now in North Carolina as. In play and they're putting a lot of influence And. A lot of power, behind the democratic candidates and those people will probably still be running there. Is a. Big question though, whether the state will have to. Hold new primaries or. May even hold a general election after the, new year without primaries I mean is it even possible to redraw a estates congressional districts this close to an election nobody knows the court allows for. That possibility it asks the parties to submit arguments by this Friday as to whether, the legislature, should redraw. The maps, the, court also says. They cannot rule out in joining that is preventing these elections from proceeding under the twenty sixteen maps. And, of course the issue could go to the US supreme court but. That court is divided evenly right, now a four four four justices leaning conservative and four? Justices leaning more liberal so the only thing that's clear in this, decision is, a lot of uncertainty how's that for clarity rusty Jacobs is a political reporter at member, station w. UNC Chapel Hill.