Raleigh, NC: Rep. David Lewis (R-Harnett), Chairman of the House Select Committee on Redistricting, and Sen. Ralph Hise (R-Mitchell), Chairman of the Senate Redistricting Committee, released the following statement after today's court hearing.
"Today in court and yesterday in committee, the General Assembly set forth a plan for three sets of public hearings held across the state to get input from North Carolinians. We want to listen to voters in impacted areas before finalizing any maps in November. On the other hand, the plaintiffs and the House Democratic Caucus Campaign Chair made clear today that they care more about political advantage than public input or proper election administration."
Chairmen Lewis and Hise further commented on the plaintiffs' push for special elections to be held in December and March, interfering with multiple municipal elections and in the middle of candidate filing for the regularly-scheduled 2018 elections.
"As the State Board of Elections made clear today, a special election would conflict with three sets of local elections. Holding these races would be a logistical nightmare resulting in chaos, low turnout, and confusion for candidates and voters."