RALEIGH, N.C. — The Latest on a North Carolina House committee meeting on possible changes to judicial election districts (all times local):
Democrats in the North Carolina General Assembly remain suspicious about an effort by Republicans to redraw election districts for trial court judges and local prosecutors.
A special House panel examining judicial redistricting met for the first time Tuesday, with a goal of passing proposed boundaries in time for the full chamber to consider them when the legislature reconvenes in early October.
The panel chairman — GOP Rep. Justin Burr — rolled out proposed maps in June and says he’s spent the summer meeting with judicial officials across the state to get feedback. He says initial maps could be updated in response.
Some committee Democrats questioned how the maps were drawn and whether past election results were considered in making them. Another said the maps also could hurt some black judges.
House Republicans are still interested in redrawing districts for North Carolina trial court judge and local prosecutor elections that supporters say would make boundaries more uniform but critics contend would swing some positions to the GOP.
A special House committee examining judicial districts planned to meet Tuesday in Raleigh, where the agenda is expected to include experts describing the evolution of the boundaries over the years. It’s possible the full House could debate proposed maps when the General Assembly reconvenes in early October.
The Senate would still have to approve alterations, but GOP leaders there haven’t been enthusiastic about the idea. Any district changes also would be subject to Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto.
Judicial maps first surfaced in late June but got pulled before legislators took a summer break.