NAACP opposes new voting maps

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August 15, 2011 3:58:56 PM PDT
The NAACP said Monday that it opposes the newly redrawn North Carolina voting districts created by the Republican dominated General Assembly.

The districts are redrawn every 10 years when new census numbers come out. While Democrats have been accused of drawing lines in the past that benefited them, now the NAACP accuses Republicans of doing the same.

"North Carolina's conservative leadership has created and approved highly polarized, partisan, and gerrymandered maps," said North Carolina NAACP President Rev. Dr. William J. Barber in a statement. "These maps were designed to limit Black voting strength."

Republicans say the new maps are fair. They still need federal approval.

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