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Law allows assigning at-large to a permanent district


The Sentinel reported last week that because of North Carolina’s redistricting laws, Dare County is prohibited from redistricting but readers wanted to know if that meant that the at-large seat couldn’t be assigned to a particular district.

In response, the Sentinel again queried law professor Bob Joyce at the Institute of Government as to the feasibility of making that sort of change.

Joyce’s response: That sort of change can be done at the county level, but it requires a referendum. The relevant statutes are GS 153A-58 through -64. Click the link for the details at the Outer Banks Sentinel

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One thought on “Law allows assigning at-large to a permanent district

  1. The statement that Dare County is prohibited from redistricting is bogus. The laws that govern population imbalances in regular electoral districts prescribe the legal path to resolutions. Subsection g simply says that those laws don’t apply to counties that use residency districts. It doesn’t prevent those counties from redistricting, they just aren’t REQUIRED to redistrict, as are the counties using regular voting districting. Whatcha wanna bet Professor Bob is a Democrat.

    Posted by Prince of Peeps | March 27, 2011, 3:23 pm

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