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North Carolina legislature finalize redistricting plans


RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The North Carolina Legislature has completed redrawing boundaries for the General Assembly and the state's congressional delegation based on changing population patterns since 2000.

The Senate gave final approval Wednesday to the congressional plan on a party-line vote favoring Republicans who drew the 13 districts. The General Assembly approved maps for the state Senate and House earlier in the day.

The lines are now the law, but either a federal court or the U.S. Justice Department must sign off on the maps to ensure they comply with the federal Voting Rights Act. Other litigation is expected. Democrats argued this week the lines are illegal by accumulating black voters into certain districts.

The lines will benefit Republicans and give more representation
to residents in and around Charlotte and Raleigh.

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

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