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Federal court appoints special master in racial gerrymandering case to review, possibly redraw districts

A federal three-judge panel has ordered that a special master review and possibly redraw two state Senate and seven state House districts in a recent racial gerrymandering case.

In an order released Thursday afternoon, the panel wrote that their review of lawmakers’ remedial maps in North Carolina v. Covington and subsequent objections and argument led to concern that those districts “either fail to remedy the identified constitutional violation or are otherwise legally unacceptable.”

The Senate districts are 21, in Hoke County, and 28, in Guilford County. The House districts are 21, in Sampson and Wayne counties, 36, 37, 40, 41, in Wake County, 57, in Guilford County and 105 in Mecklenburg County.

The court has appointed Stanford Law School Professor Nathaniel Persily as special master. He has served previously as a court-appointed redistricting expert in a number of states, including New York, Maryland, Georgia, Connecticut and Puerto Rico.

For more information about the court’s order and Persily, visit NC Policy Watch later this afternoon.

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