It’s easy for legislators to catch Raleigh fever. Former lawmakers often retire there. Five weeks after adjourning the 2017 session, the members of the General Assembly are returning to the Capitol City for a special session that convenes next week. It is Mission Redistricting.
Again the courts have ruled that the gerrymandered map for state elections discriminates racially. Last year congressional districts were realigned. This years the district lines for representatives and senators will be changed. Estimates put the changes at 50 to 60 percent of the 170 districts. While there have been calls for a new statewide election as early as next March, it is more likely that voters will cast ballots in new districts in November 2018. That will assure more new faces will be in Jones Street offices in 2019.