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Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Judges approve a new 5th District electoral map


By Kyla Asbury | Dec 31, 2019


In response to litigation, a panel of three judges has approved a redistricting map that may change the face of the 2020 election.

"Although one can certainly argue that the process was flawed or that the result is far from ideal, the net result is that the previously flawed 2016 congressional map has been replaced,” Judge Paul Ridgeway said, according to the Wilkes Journal-Patriot. “Had [the litigation] been commenced earlier — say in June, immediately after the Supreme Court ruling in Rucho v. Common Cause — the adversarial process could more fully have run its course. There is simply not sufficient time to fully develop the factual record without significantly delaying the primary elections.”

The Journal-Patriot reported that Wilkes County would remain in the 5th Congressional District but that Avery, Surry, Strokes, Yadkin and Forsyth counties were no longer part of the district. Watauga, Alleghany, Ashe and Alexander still remain in the 5th district.

U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-Boone) | https://foxx.house.gov/

Caldwell, Burke, Cleveland and Gaston will be added to the district as part of the restructuring. The Journal-Patriot reported that the new 5th Congressional District includes half of Rutherford County and the Lake Hickory area of Catawba County. It stretches from the Virginia line to the South Carolina line.

The panel of judges also ruled that congressional candidates can begin filing for federal elections right away. Filing for the 2020 election began at noon on Dec. 2.

U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-Boone) has represented the 5th District since 2005.

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