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NAACP wants special master for maps, legislature stopped

Posted July 11

— The North Carolina NAACP wants an outside authority — and not the General Assembly — to redraw legislative maps and state lawmakers barred from passing laws until a special election is held.

Attorneys for the civil rights group asked a Greensboro federal court Tuesday to consider the requests in its deliberations about when redistricting should occur, even though the NAACP isn't formally in a lawsuit. A three-judge panel is weighing how to proceed after the U.S. Supreme Court last month upheld the judges' earlier ruling throwing out 28 House and Senate districts as racial gerrymanders.

The NAACP says a special master should be ordered to redraw lawful maps and elections held under those boundaries this year. The group argues the current Republican-dominated legislature can't be trusted to pass constitutional laws.

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