Already delayed, NC primary could now move to June | Local News

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The National Board of Elections said the maps should be drawn up by February 18 to allow “orderly preparation” for the May 17 primary. And if the districts are canceled, state law directs the General Assembly to have at least two weeks “to remedy any identified defects” with lines before a court can impose its own replacement plan. .

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A quick turnaround would also give candidates days to decide whether or not to run in altered precincts, according to the office of Senate redistricting committee co-chairman Ralph Hise.

“The extremely short deadline is unnecessary and can be lengthened by moving the state’s primary elections to June 7,” said a press release from Hise’s office. Otherwise, it “is not fair to potential candidates and increases the risk of confusion and chaos”.

The release of the date for Friday’s arguments also caused some Republicans to openly question whether the Supreme Court, where registered Democrats hold a 4-3 seat advantage, would try to rush the process. This led to swift action by GOP leaders in charge of the House and Senate.

House Speaker Tim Moore told The Associated Press in an interview Monday that he hadn’t personally heard such reasoning, but still believed a three-week delay was warranted. “It gives us all time to work on something,” Moore said. “Due to the timing…we think it’s wise to move the primary back for a short time.”

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