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By GARY D. ROBERTSON
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Lawyers for both sides on a pair of North Carolina election district lawsuits differ on the disruption and uncertainty to the public if the cases are fast-tracked to trial.

A three-judge panel heard arguments Friday in Raleigh on procedural matters in litigation that contends the legislative and congressional boundaries drawn by the General Assembly this year are illegal and discriminate against minorities.

An attorney for Democratic elected officials and voters who sued last month told the judges that going to trial in early February would minimize confusion among voters. Candidates can begin filing Feb. 13.

But a special deputy attorney general says the proposed schedule is unrealistic and those suing have caused uncertainty by challenging what are legal maps.

The judges didn’t immediately rule on the trial schedule.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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