RALEIGH, N.C. -- It came fast, but today is Election Day in North Carolina.
Because of several court rulings earlier this year, voters will head to the polls to cast their ballots in Congressional primaries and in state Supreme Court races, WNCN reports.
With the confusion, it could lead to a low turnout of voters throughout the state.
David McLennan, a Meredith College political science professor, said, “It’s very expensive and so the question always comes back to – Is this an effective use of taxpayer dollars to run an election where maybe 10 or 15 percent of the people vote?”
In February, a federal court ruled the Congressional districts drawn by state lawmakers were unconstitutional because they relied too heavily on race.
So, lawmakers redrew the lines.
On March 15, voters cast ballots in the Congressional races but, because the lines changed, those results didn’t count.
Jane Pinsky, with the Coalition for Lobbying and Government Reform, has spoken with state lawmakers in the past calling for nonpartisan redistricting. “We are now truly a purple state, a 50-50 state,” she said. “We need a legislature and a Congressional delegation that represents us.”
Pinsky said the states that have done nonpartisan redistricting don’t have lawsuits. “So, they don’t end up having to redraw districts and we don’t end up with second primaries,” she said.