Proposed changes to congressional districts, primary impact voters in the East

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RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCT) – The General Assembly reconvenes Friday morning to vote on new congressional districts and a new primary date for congressional candidates.

This comes after three federal judges ruled Districts 1 and 12 racial gerrymanders.

Thursday, the Senate passed redrawn district maps, while the House approved a new date for the congressional primary.

Proposed changes to District 1 will affect many people here in the East. The old map for District 1 included parts of Lenoir, Greene, Beaufort and Craven counties. The plan okayed by the House would move all these voters to District 3. Pitt County would be split between Districts 1 and 3.

For many of you, this means you’ll no longer be voting for democrat G.K. Butterfield, who currently represents District 1.

District changes and a later congressional primary would also impact the many voters who have already submitted absentee ballots.

“Probably what they’ll do is, as we’ve experienced before when we had a candidate challenge and candidate was disqualified is the State Board barred us from releasing those results so it wouldn’t affect any future election,” said Pitt County Board of Elections Director Dave Davis.

The Supreme Court could change these plans Friday if they decide to delay the deadline for new district lines. In that case, the congressional primary would go on as scheduled on March 15.

We’ll continue to track any developments in the General Assembly Friday and keep you updated on air and online.

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