State senate passes new election maps

State Rep. John Szoka of Fayetteville, looks over a redistricting map during a committee meeting on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019, at the Legislative Office Building in Raleigh, N.C. (Robert Willett/The News & Observer via AP)

RALEIGH — The state Senate has agreed to a new map of nearly half of its electoral districts to comply with a state court order that declared current boundaries partisan gerrymanders.

The Senate voted 38-9 on Monday night in favor of the new district lines, which were fashioned in committee last week. The plan now goes to the House, which already approved a replacement map of dozens of that chamber’s districts.

The maps will be enacted once each is approved by both chambers. A three-judge panel has ordered legislators to approve them by Wednesday, after which the judges will review the work.

The Senate proposal reworks districts in seven counties or multi-county groupings, including those in and around Raleigh and Charlotte. Monday’s Senate vote for approval was bipartisan, even as some Democrats complained about the process.