NAACP Vows to Fight NC’s Redrawn Political Maps

North Carolina’s NAACP chapter says it will fight the General Assembly’s plan to redraw legislative and congressional boundaries in court and within the Obama administration.

The Rev. William Barber said Monday the group is ramping up to challenge the maps drawn by the first Republican-led Legislature since the 1870s.

Opponents say the GOP-drawn district maps pack extra black voters into some districts, thus reducing black voters’ influence elsewhere. The plan could give Republicans as many as 10 seats in Congress in future elections. Democrats now hold a 7-6 seat advantage in North Carolina’s delegation.

The maps must be approved by the U.S. Justice Department or federal courts, and Barber promises to challenge them in either venue.

Republican mapmakers say the maps are in line with federal laws and court opinions.