NC mapmaker says politics led to US House lines

Jun. 05, 2013 @ 11:44 AM

The national redistricting expert who worked on North Carolina's new legislative and congressional maps in 2011 says he never used race-based statistics to draw certain boundaries now being challenged in court.

Consultant Tom Hofeller testified Wednesday in a redistricting trial where judges are hearing testimony related to lawsuits filed by Democratic voters and their allies who want the maps thrown out.

Hofeller told the court he received instructions from Republican leaders at the General Assembly to draw the 4th and 12th congressional districts to increase their percentages of Democratic voters so surrounding districts would favor Republicans. He said he used data from the 2008 presidential election to do that.

The attorneys who sued contend race was the predominant factor in forming those congressional districts. That would constitute illegal gerrymandering.