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NC NAACP asks for independent redistricting process, special elections in racial gerrymandering case

The North Carolina NAACP filed a motion in the state’s recent racial gerrymandering case asking for the three-judge panel to assign an independent entity to redraw the unconstitutional maps and to order special elections this year.

The group’s proposed amicus curiae brief (the document must be approved by the court) also asks the court to prevent the General Assembly from convening and enacting any further legislation until new members are elected under a new map.

“This bad faith, all-white caucus created by racist maps must be stopped,” said the Rev. Dr. William Barber II in a statement. “If the current unaccountable and unrepentant General Assembly is allowed to continue to act in the name of North Carolina, the consequences are dangerous for people of color, for those living in poverty, for women, for immigrant communities, for the LGBT community, for workers, and for our children. There can be no further question about whether this General Assembly is illegitimate.”

Irv Joyner, legal redress chair for the NC NAACP, said the court document asks the three-judge panel to take the redistricting process out of the hands of the people who racially gerrymandered the maps in the first place.

“The appointment of a Special Master and a judicial remedy will ensure the possibility of a non-discriminatory election in 2017 to start to renew the trust of North Carolinians in our state’s representative democracy,” Joyner said.

The NAACP is a plaintiff in similar racial gerrymandering challenges. You can read the group’s full court filings in North Carolina v. Covington here.

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