Suing voters seek quick maps, election decision


RALEIGH - North Carolina voters who sued successfully to throw out nearly 30 General Assembly districts as illegal racial gerrymanders are trying to get judges to decide quickly on when new maps should be drawn and whether to hold special elections this fall in altered districts.

Lawyers for those voters filed motions Thursday in Greensboro federal court asking a three-judge panel to require legislators to draw new lines by June 22 or give them the opportunity to file their own boundaries. They also want judges to quickly begin a process to determine if new elections should be held this year under new boundaries. Getting maps by June 22 is unlikely because state attorneys are supposed to respond to the motions by June 29. The motions were filed the same day Republican legislators refused to begin a legislative session called by Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper with the sole purpose to redraw the maps.