Republicans won’t appeal ruling striking down 4 districts

February 15, 2019 GMT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A key North Carolina GOP lawmaker says Republicans won’t appeal a ruling by state judges that the General Assembly violated a constitutional prohibition against mid-decade redistricting because it unnecessarily changed four House districts in 2017.

Rep. David Lewis was a defendant in a lawsuit challenging alterations to those Wake County district boundaries. Lewis said Friday he strongly disagrees with the November ruling but describes its scope as relatively narrow. He said new House districts for Wake will be produced by June 30.

The state NAACP, League of Women Voters and others who sued argued the four districts had to return to how they were drawn in 2011. Lawmakers redrew dozens of House and Senate districts in 2017 when federal judges determined nearly 30 of them were tainted by racial bias.