- Associated Press - Thursday, May 7, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina’s highest court will listen to arguments late this summer over whether it should alter its decision to uphold congressional and legislative district boundaries given a new U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

The state Supreme Court wrote Thursday it wants legal briefs in June from attorneys for those who challenged the maps drawn by the General Assembly in 2011, and in July from lawyers for state leaders. The justices ordered oral arguments for Aug. 31.

The federal justices told the North Carolina court to review the racial composition of North Carolina’s map in light of their ruling involving Alabama’s maps in March. A divided court said Alabama judges used the incorrect method for determining whether its boundaries reduced minority voting strength.

The next congressional and legislative elections occur in 2016.


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