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Federal judges set hearing in racial gerrymandering case

The federal three-judge panel overseeing the redrawing of racially gerrymandered legislative districts set a hearing in the case to take place Oct. 12 in Greensboro.

All documents in the case have been filed and the court is set to make a decision about whether lawmakers’ proposed legislative maps will be accepted as is or if they need to be redrawn, possibly by a special master.

The plaintiffs in North Carolina v. Covington have objected to 12 of the newly drawn remedial districts and submitted alternative maps to be considered by the court. They allege that four districts are still racially gerrymandered.

Republican legislators contend they did not consider race in the mapmaking process, despite calls from Democratic lawmakers, the public and voting rights advocates to use the criterion as a measure for correcting the longstanding constitutional violations.

The hearing in Greensboro is set to begin at 10 a.m. and is open to the public. Electronics are not permitted in the courtroom and members of the public who attend the hearing will be required to show courthouse officials their photo identification.

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