North Carolina Senate card passes and goes to NC House for review

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) — Earlier in February, the North Carolina Supreme Court struck down redrawn legislative and congressional maps as unconstitutional gerrymanders.

The lines were discovered to be illegally stacked to give the Republicans an advantage. Now lawmakers have until Friday to submit their redrawn maps.

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The North Carolina Senate map has just been adopted. It will go to the NC House, and if the House passes this Senate map, it will go to the NC Trial Court.

WBTV spoke with Catawba College political science professor Dr. Michael Bitzer, who said these maps determine which districts voters will be in and potentially who will be elected in those districts.

Earlier this month, the North Carolina Supreme Court struck down the redrawn legislative and congressional maps as unconstitutional gerrymanders.

All of these districts have a number of North Carolina citizens and people who want to become lawmakers. Bitzer believes these new maps reflect a different version of what we saw in the original maps.

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“These maps generally tend to be much more partisan neutral in terms of the dynamics of the number of Republicans and the number of Democrats who could be elected to the United States House, from the NC State House to the State Senate. So I think the dynamic of what I’ve looked at on these maps is that the electoral process, the electoral performance, within these maps is much more balanced,” Bitzer said.

Redistricting plans are due Friday. After that, the trial court will have to finalize the maps by February 23.

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