12th Congressional District

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It's an off-year election in Mecklenburg County - with no big races on the ballot like president or governor. But among the races that are up for a vote, there appears to be more interest - at least judging by higher turnout in early voting. 

U.S. Rep. Alma Adams (D-Charlotte) formally kicked off her campaign for re-election Sunday and announced endorsements from local elected officials. 

Adams represents the 12th District, which includes an area from the Iredell County line south to south Charlotte. She's a former teacher and a state legislator now in her second term.

Democrat Joyce Waddell (right) and other state legislators from Mecklenburg County were among the first to register Monday for as candidate filing opened for the 2018 elections.
Michael Falero / WFAE

Ten incumbent state legislators from the Charlotte area were among the first to file Monday as candidates began signing up for the 2018 election. Other races on the ballot this year include Congress, district attorney, county commission and other county positions.

Ezra Rozenburg
Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

This week's U.S. Supreme Court ruling on congressional redistricting in North Carolina revolved around the roles of race and politics in the redistricting process.  The Supreme Court justices ruled that North Carolina legislators relied too heavily on race when drawing the state's 1st and 12th district boundaries in 2011.

The state's congressional district boundaries have since been redrawn, which has reshaped the 1st and 12th districts.
ncleg.net

For the second time in a seven-day span, the U.S. Supreme Court has struck down an act of North Carolina's General Assembly.

On May 15th, it was the state's voter laws.

On Monday, in a 5-3 decision, the court upheld a ruling that two congressional districts were illegal racial gerrymanders. And this opinion may have implications for other North Carolina cases working their way through the courts.

Here's the current map of state Congressional Districts, after a lower court ruled they must be redrawn.
NCLeg.net

North Carolina voters will pick Congressional candidates on Tuesday. The primary was delayed after a federal court ruled two districts were illegally drawn along racial lines. Now the state's Congressional District map has been completely redrawn - including the two districts that touch Charlotte. Thursday, we previewed the 9th District - southeast and east of Charlotte. Today, WFAE's David Boraks is with Morning Edition host Marshall Terry to talk about the 12th  District, which is now entirely within Mecklenburg County.

Charlotte Observer

The race to represent North Carolina’s 12th congressional district promises to be an intriguing one. Incumbent Alma Adams doesn’t live in or even close to the newly redrawn district. Thursday, she said she plans to move to Charlotte.  Former state senator Malcolm Graham said this week he also plans to run in the Democratic primary.  

Michael Tomsic / WFAE

Republican lawmakers didn’t hide their agenda in approving North Carolina’s new congressional district maps last week. Representative David Lewis helped draw the maps and told a legislative hearing last week:  “We believe this map will produce an opportunity to elect 10 Republican members of Congress.”

ncleg.net

At 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, the North Carolina General Assembly will convene a special session. Lawmakers are there to fulfill a federal court order to redraw and ratify the state’s congressional districts by the end of the week.

The state's congressional district boundaries have since been redrawn, which has reshaped the 1st and 12th districts.
ncleg.net

A panel of federal judges has struck down two North Carolina majority black congressional districts, saying race was the predominant factor in drawing those lines but state legislators lacked the justification for doing so.

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