Two Black voters from northeastern North Carolina counties are suing the state to invalidate new state Senate maps. The plaintiffs argue that Republicans redistricted counties in the “Black Belt” of rural northeastern North Carolina in a way that “cracks” Black voters across districts, diluting Black voting power. They have also asked federal judge James Dever to hear the case and make a quick decision before filing opens for 2024 races on December 4.
On Tuesday parties in a case about North Carolina’s voter ID law argued in Federal District Court about when to hold a trial in the case. The NAACP, which is challenging the law, wants the trial to take place in February to leave enough time before the 2024 elections for voter ID to be blocked if the challenge is successful. Republican leaders would rather put off the trial to delay long enough that voter ID will be required in the 2024 elections even if it is ultimately overturned.