Ruling could shake up North Carolina congressional elections

Published 08-28-2018

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - This year's U.S. House elections in North Carolina could see repercussions after federal judges struck down the state's congressional map, saying Republicans went too far using political data to preserve GOP-held seats.

The panel of judges raised the possibility this week of redrawing the districts by mid-September so they could be used in November elections, or before the next session of Congress in January.

GOP lawmakers say requiring a new map now could bring voter chaos and confusion, but the state Democratic Party says voters shouldn't have to suffer through another election with unconstitutional districts.

Election officials would face big challenges using the new districts on short notice.

Late congressional elections could bring huge attention to these races if the party that controls the House hasn't been settled by then.

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