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Redistricting Lawsuit Proceeds

A three-judge panel is allowing two lawsuits against the Republican-drawn redistricting maps to go forward.

Dave DeWitt: The Superior Court judges threw out some of the arguments made by voting rights advocates and the NAACP, among others. But they're letting the main arguments go on to a trial. Those arguments include a claim that some voting precincts are split excessively and pack African-American voters into too-few districts. Republicans who drew the maps say the are legal. Last November, the U.S. Department of Justice pre-cleared the maps. The May primary will continue, using the new voting maps. The redistricting case will likely be heard in the next few months.

Dave DeWitt is WUNC's Feature News Editor. As an editor, reporter, and producer he's covered politics, environment, education, sports, and a wide range of other topics.
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