Schwarzenegger, Easley weigh in on NC gerrymandering lawsuit
A hearing in the one of three redistricting lawsuits targeting the Republican-controlled redistricting effort is scheduled for Tuesday.Posted — Updated
The former governors argue that unfair maps dilute people's votes, create more conflict and make it harder to compromise because they encourage politicians to cater to primary voters, diminishing the influence of moderates.
Attorneys for the Republican majority have asked the judge to dismiss the case outright, allowing elections to proceed under the current maps. Failing that, they want the case moved before a three-judge panel.
Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger's office said Monday it had no comment on the filing.
The amicus brief was filed by Schwarzenegger, a Republican and vocal gerrymandering critic; Easley, a Democrat; former New Jersey Gov. Christine Todd Whitman, a Republican; and former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld, also a Republican. They're represented by the States United Democracy Center and the law firm Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd.
William McKinney, previously general counsel for Gov. Roy Cooper's administration, is the lead attorney on the brief.
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