DURHAM, N.C. (Dec. 6, 2021) — Southern Coalition for Social Justice (SCSJ) responded Monday to an N.C. Court of Appeals order halting 2022 candidate filing pending the resolution of active redistricting lawsuits.
We are gratified to see North Carolina’s appellate courts acting to ensure time for review of the North Carolina General Assembly’s blatantly unconstitutional redistricting. Voters deserve delayed primaries, which includes a delay in candidate filing deadlines, to address the serious problems with the state’s voting maps, including what NC NAACP, Common Cause NC, and individual plaintiffs have asked for: a review of the flawed procedures by which lawmakers drew the maps. We look forward to continue making our case on appeal that all North Carolinians deserve a fair and constitutional process.Allison Riggs, Co-Executive Director and Chief Counsel for Voting Rights, SCSJ
SCSJ filed a state lawsuit on Oct. 29 challenging the North Carolina Legislature’s process for drawing new state legislative and Congressional voting maps on behalf of the North Carolina NAACP, Common Cause, and individual voters, alongside pro bono counsel with the law firm Hogan Lovells. The case, NC NAACP v. Berger, is one of three redistricting lawsuits in North Carolina.
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