Stanford professor draws maps to correct NC gerrymanders. Now he wants feedback.

Tuesday, 14 November 2017, 11:27:11 PM. Nathaniel Persily, the Stanford law professor tapped to fix NC gerrymanders, draws new lines in Wake, Guilford, Hoke, Mecklenburg, Sampson, Wayne, Bladen and Cumberland counties.
The Stanford University law professor tapped to draw maps for federal judges considering the constitutionality of election lines adopted in August by North Carolina lawmakers has released a draft plan. Nathaniel Persily, selected less than two weeks ago to look at districts in Guilford, Hoke, Cumberland, Wake and Mecklenburg counties adopted to elect General Assembly members, has asked for feedback from lawmakers and challengers of the 2017 maps. Persily redrew state Senate district lines in Hoke and Cumberland counties that avoids what he called a “jutting arm into Fayetteville” supported by the Republican-led General Assembly and takes in the whole town of Spring Lake to the north. He redrew three Senate districts in Guilford County and House districts there as well. His map changes House districts in Bladen, Sampson and Wayne counties, as well as in Mecklenburg and Wake counties. Persily ordered lawmakers and the challengers to submit proposed objections and revisions to the plans by Friday. He asked for each side to include suggestions for how to draw the lines so that incumbent lawmakers put in the same districts by Persily, or “double-bunked,” could be in individual districts “without degrading the underlying features of the plan.” Persily also wants each side to provide him with data by Tuesday that includes the addresses of General Assembly members who have not announced that they would not seek re-election. The maps were drawn in less than two weeks, a much swifter...Read more
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