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Feb 26, 2018

Sum-Up: The Latest Fronts in the Fight Over Voting Rights

With the 2018 primaries looming, the ongoing court battles over voting district maps in Pennsylvania and North Carolina continue to chug along. In North Carolina, civil rights groups on Wednesday filed a new lawsuit in state court challenging the state House map in Wake county, which has four state House districts. The Supreme Court previously sided with Republicans in halting the implementation of a new map, drawn by court-appointed expert Nate Persily, in Wake and Mecklenburg counties. Voting rights advocates are now turning to state courts to request that Persily’s map be used in the 2018 election. The latest lawsuit comes after a state court rejected an effort — part of a separate lawsuit — to implement the Persily map. The new lawsuit alleges that lawmakers violated the state constitution by redrawing the districts in Wake mid-decade without a court order requiring them to do so. Typically districts are drawn every 10 years. In Pennsylvania, Republicans last week turned to…

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