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Election 2016: NC District Boundaries Will Stand for November

North Carolinians can expect to vote in the same precinct in November that they did in the June primary. (
North Carolinians can expect to vote in the same precinct in November that they did in the June primary. (
June 29, 2016

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Amid the flurry of decisions handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday came news that the court will consider whether North Carolina's 2011 congressional redistricting plan violated the Constitution by relying too heavily on race in drawing the new districts.

The case won't be heard until late fall, and Allison Riggs, a senior attorney with the Southern Coalition for Social Justice, explained what that means for the November election.

"For voters who voted in June, nothing will change. You'll still be in the same districts you got reassigned to in June," she said. "If you haven't voted since 2014, your congressional district probably changed a little bit. "

Still unknown for the November election is how the courts will rule on challenges to the state's 2013 Election Reform Law. The law requires photo identification at the polls and puts in place early-voting restrictions, in addition to other changes. The case is being considered by the Fourth Circuit, the same court that ordered the state to restore same-day registration and out-of-precinct voting.

Riggs said she expects a ruling by the end of July. As a swing state, she said, the national attention and campaign ads directed at North Carolina will help make sure the electorate is engaged and aware of how to make sure votes count. She acknowledged that time and energy are being spent rectifying a problem created by lawmakers.

"The problem is, when you pass unconstitutional and discriminatory laws, those have to get changed," she said, "and so any confusion from voters that flows from that flows from the decision to draw gerrymandered maps and to create election laws that are illegal."

Your local Board of Elections will have information on the location of your voting precinct and the latest in election rules.

Stephanie Carson, Public News Service - NC