Proposed congressional districts will impact voters in the East

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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – The latest proposed congressional districts will have an impact on which congressional candidates some voters in the East will be able to vote for.

Lawmakers were once again at work in Raleigh Wednesday trying to redraw congressional districts 1 and 12. District 1 impacts areas in several counties in the East.

The most recent proposal for district 1 would eliminate counties like Beaufort, Craven and Lenoir all together. Areas in those counties that once were part of district 1 would now be part of district 3.

Dave Davis, Pitt County Board of Elections Director, said they have been told by the state to proceed as normal. He said many people haven’t even heard of the proposed changes.

“Most people haven’t even brought up or asked us about the congressional districts,” he said. “They’re just focused now mostly on the presidential race.”

Despite the uncertain congressional district lines, absentee ballots have already started being returned. As of Wednesday, Pitt County had 54 ballots returned, Craven had 39, Beaufort had 12, and Lenoir had 3.

Bertie County only had one returned so far, and Greene, Martin and Washington Counties had none.

Absentee ballots must be returned by 5 p.m. one week prior to the election date.

Board of Election officials said one of two outcomes would be likely with the changes to congressional districts. The first outcome would be the Supreme Court granting the state’s petition to make the district changes effective in 2018 election, and not 2016.

However, if that doesn’t happen, a later primary for congressional races will likely have to be scheduled.

Governor Pat McCrory has already called a special session for the General Assembly for Thursday.

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