NC lawmakers to hear from public on Congress lines

Posted July 7, 2011 4:01 a.m. EDT
Updated July 7, 2011 8:24 a.m. EDT

— The Republican authors of proposed North Carolina congressional districts are sure to hear criticism at public hearings on boundaries that likely would give GOP candidates a leg up for the next decade.

State House and Senate members were scheduled to take comments Thursday at nine hearing sites from Wilmington to Cullowhee on the draft drawings for 13 U.S. House seats.

The map is being adjusted to reflect a population increase of 1.5 million people in the state since 2000.

Wake County residents can weigh in on the new map from 3 to 9 p.m. at the North Carolina Museum of History in downtown Raleigh.

The Republican proposal would increase GOP voter registration percentages in four districts currently represented by Democrats.

Other Democratic incumbents already have accused Republicans of packing majority black districts to help Republicans in surrounding areas.

GOP state lawmakers took heat two weeks ago for boundaries for more than 30 General Assembly districts.