RALEIGH, NC — The North Carolina state Senate has agreed to a new map of nearly half of its electoral districts to comply with a state court order that declared current boundaries partisan gerrymanders.
The Senate voted 38-9 on Monday night in favor of the new district lines, which were fashioned in committee last week. The plan now goes to the House, which already approved a replacement map of dozens of that chamber’s districts.
Senate Leader Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) said in a statement following the vote, “The process to create new districts has been the most transparent in history, and it could be used as a national model. Every effort has been made to create fair, nonpartisan, and court-compliant districts. We urge the court to accept these districts so we can finally put this long battle behind us.”
The maps will be enacted once each is approved by both chambers. A three-judge panel has ordered legislators to approve them by Wednesday, after which the judges will review the work.
The Senate proposal reworks districts in seven counties or multicounty groupings, including those in and around Raleigh and Charlotte. Monday’s Senate vote for approval was bipartisan, even as some Democrats complained about the process.