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Redistricting lawsuit threatens NC primary schedule again

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RALEIGH (AP) -- North Carolina voters may have to deal with another redistricting lawsuit that alleges state legislative boundaries drawn by the General Assembly are illegal. If a federal three-judge panel in New Bern sides this week with a group of Republican voters, the May 6 primary could be delayed. Those voters sued after a state Supreme Court decision last year involving one state House district. The plaintiffs in the new lawsuit said the current House and Senate districts shouldn't be used again because they have so many problems. The legislative races wouldn't be the only races affected. State law requires that primaries for governor, Council of State races, U.S. Senate and U.S. House also would have to be rescheduled for the same date. And the presidential primaries also set for May 6 would be in jeopardy. Legislative redistricting litigation delayed two of the three previous even-numbered year primaries, in 2002 and 2004. (Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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