- Associated Press - Monday, November 23, 2015

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - The latest on a hearing Monday in front of a three-judge federal panel about whether the state should be forced to redraw some of its legislative districts before the 2016 elections (All times local):

4 p.m.

Attorneys for registered voters challenging North Carolina’s 2011 legislative districts want judges to block them from being used again before a new election cycle begins next week.

Lawyers for the voters and the state attended a federal court hearing Monday in Greensboro involving one of three pending redistricting lawsuits. The plaintiffs want the districts blocked from use in 2016 and want candidate filing set Dec. 1 delayed until after updated boundaries are set.

Anita Earls with the Southern Coalition for Social Justice represents some plaintiffs. She says the injunction is needed now because lawmakers moved up the primary from May to March.

The boundaries were used in the 2012 and 2014 elections.

The state’s attorneys contend judges should delay any decisions until other redistricting litigation is resolved.

5 a.m.

Another challenge of North Carolina’s 2011 legislative districts based on accusations of racial gerrymandering is back in court.

Three federal judges scheduled a Monday hearing in Greensboro to hear motions in the lawsuit filed by registered voters against the state and legislative leaders.

They say lines drawn by Republican lawmakers for nearly 30 House and Senate districts are illegal because they relied too much on race.

The plaintiffs want the districts blocked from use in 2016 and want candidate filing delayed until after updated boundaries are set. But attorneys for the state say the judges should delay decisions until other redistricting litigation is resolved.

There are three pending redistricting cases in courts. The boundaries have never been struck down and were used in the 2012 and 2014 elections.


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