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Lawmakers release proposed Senate legislative map

 

The new proposed Senate legislative map is now live.

The map, which was redrawn to correct unconstitutional racial gerrymanders, was released Sunday night. The proposed House legislative map was released Saturday afternoon.

Lawmakers were allowed to consider election data to redraw both the maps, but not racial data, according to criteria passed (mostly along party lines) a little over a week ago.

The information actually considered when drawing both maps won’t be released until at least Monday, according to Rep. David Lewis (R-Harnett), who is a co-chair of the House and Senate redistricting committees.

There are four incumbent Senators double-bunked in the proposed map, which means that they would be forced to run against each other in an election. One of them, however, announced Sunday that he would not be running for re-election, Rep. Chad Barefoot (R-Franklin, Wake).

Barefoot was double-bunked with Sen. John Alexander Jr., another Republican, in Wake County District 18.

Democratic Sen. Erica Smith-Ingram is double-bunked with Republican Sen. Bill Cook in District 3, which includes Northampton and Beaufort counties.

Republican Sen. Joyce Krawiec appears in the map to be double-bunked in District 31, which includes Forsyth and Davie counties, with Republican Sen. Andrew Brock, but he resigned at the end of June.

And finally, two Republican lawmakers, Sen. Deanna Ballard and Sen. Shirley Randleman, are double-bunked in District 45, which includes Watauga and Wilkes counties.

There are at least four vacant seats in the proposed Senate map — District 1, which includes Dare and Pasquotank counties; District 33, Stanly and Rowan counties; District 34, Iredell and Yadkin counties; and District 16, Wake County.

Both the Senate and House proposed maps have to be submitted to a three-judge panel by Sept. 1 for approval. The maps could also change after a series of public hearings planned for 4 p.m. Tuesday across the state.

 

 

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