The Guilford County Board of Elections filed its reply brief Monday in the federal lawsuit over the Guilford County redistricting. Federal Judge Catherine Eagles set a hearing for Thursday on both the temporary restraining order and the preliminary injunction, which would prevent the new law from going into effect this election cycle. The board was the subject of the lawsuit as the arm of government that must implement the new redistricting law, passed earlier this month by the N.C. General Assembly.
The new law redraws Greensboro’s council districts and does away with at-large representation, creating a council of eight members elected from districts and a mayor chosen by the entire city. The mayor would not vote except in the case of a tie or in some personnel matters.
County Attorney Mark Payne argued in his brief to the court that the board doesn’t consider it appropriate to take a position on the constitutionality of the law.