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Gov. Cooper calls for special legislative session to redraw district voting maps

Gov. Roy Cooper (WSOC photo)

RALEIGH - Governor Roy Cooper has called a special 14-day session for the state legislature to redraw district voting maps, ABC affiliate WTVD is reporting.

Cooper held a press conference Wednesday where he accused Republicans of "rigging the system." He made the announcement for the special session to begin Thursday.

"Earlier this week, the United States Supreme Court unanimously affirmed that North Carolina's legislative maps are unconstitutional because they were racially gerrymandered," Cooper said. That means Republican politicians have been picking their voters instead of voters picking their politicians."

The Associated Press reports Cooper told reporters it's time new boundaries are drawn because the General Assembly has been operating under illegal lines since 2011. The nation's highest court this week upheld a lower court ruling throwing out 28 legislative districts. That lower court could decide special elections under new boundaries should be held this fall.

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