Bringing The World Home To You

© 2021 WUNC North Carolina Public Radio
120 Friday Center Dr
Chapel Hill, NC 27517
919.445.9150 | 800.962.9862
91.5 Chapel Hill 88.9 Manteo 90.9 Rocky Mount 91.1 Welcome 91.9 Fayetteville 90.5 Buxton 94.1 Lumberton 99.9 Southern Pines
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations
Politics

Gov. Cooper Presses Lawmakers To Redraw Maps Now

North Carolina State Legislature
Dave Crosby
/
Flickr

Governor Roy Cooper is calling state lawmakers into a special session to redraw election maps. The unexpected announcement comes with the political boundaries having been struck down in the courts as illegal racial gerrymanders.
Cooper said this special session will run simultaneously with the legislative session already underway. The Governor cited a state statute in giving legislators two weeks to draw new boundaries.
 
“But at the end of the 14 days, if they haven't drawn the maps and they're still dragging their heels, then I think the court is fully entitled to step in and draw the map,” Cooper said.
 
While uncommon, judges have previously drawn new political maps following legal challenges.
 
Moments after the governor's announcement, Republican House member David Lewis called the special session a clear political stunt.
 
The special session is set to begin Thursday, however, lawmakers are not obligated to draw maps as he requests.
 
Cooper told reporters it's time new boundaries are drawn because the General Assembly has been operating under illegal lines since 2011.
 
The U.S. Supreme Court this week upheld a lower court ruling throwing out 28 legislative districts. That lower court could decide special elections under new boundaries should be held this fall.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.
 

Related Stories
More Stories