Raleigh, N.C. — The state House and Senate took final votes Wednesday on new election maps and now will forward them to the three-judge panel that ordered them redrawn.
The Senate vote on the House map was 30-15. Sen. Norm Sanderson, R-Pamlico, was the only Republican voting against it in what was otherwise a party-line vote.
The House vote on the Senate map was 68-47.
Democrats spoke against these maps Wednesday, but the votes were almost perfunctory. GOP majorities in both chambers drew the maps after the court declared 28 districts drawn in 2011 were an unconstitutional racial gerrymander, and each chamber defers to the other on its own maps.
The federal judges supervising the lawsuit that led to the redraw still must sign off on the maps before they can be used in the 2018 elections, and the court could end up drawing new maps itself.