Updated Nov. 27 at 3:54 p.m.: On Monday, federal judge James Dever III rejected a motion for a speedy decision from the plaintiffs in a case alleging the new state senate maps were racially gerrymandered.
The plaintiffs moved for a preliminary injunction — a measure that would stop the new state senate maps from being used while the case is being argued and decided — on Nov. 22. They requested the injunction be granted by Dec. 1, before candidate filing for the 2024 elections begins.
Dever wrote that the plaintiff's timeline was unjustified and placed too much demand on the court.
"Furthermore, plaintiffs' request completely ignores that their case is not the only case on the court's docket and that plaintiffs do not set this court's schedule for holding hearings or deciding motions," Dever wrote.
The case will continue, but not on an expedited schedule.
A lawsuit filed today in federal court alleges that new maps drawn by the N.C. General Assembly dilute the power of Black voters in northeastern North Carolina, constituting an illegal racial gerrymander.
The lawsuit specifically concerns N.C. Senate District 2, which stretches from the Virginia border to Carteret County. The plaintiffs in the suit — Rodney D. Pierce and Moses Matthews, who are both Black voters in the newly drawn District 2 — argue that the districts in the northeastern part of the state were drawn to weaken the power of Black voters.
The lawsuit says Black voters were cracked into several different districts in the area. Cracking generally refers to the splitting up of a group of voters into different districts so that the affected group's voting power is diluted.