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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A court-ordered directive for more openness in North Carolina redistricting is leading to actions directed at improving public access and transparency.

The state House and Senate redistricting committees on Tuesday started live-streaming their meetings, where they are working to meet a Sept. 18 deadline that state judges set to enact new boundaries. The judges last week declared district maps approved in 2017 violated the state constitution by injecting boundaries with extreme partisan bias to favor Republicans. They ordered the remapping must be conducted “in full public view.”

The livestreams have aired spreadsheets and voices of legislative staff workers as they crunch numbers involving potential replacement maps.

The Senate also has brought in a state lottery machine with pingpong balls inside to pick certain maps at random, in keeping with transparency.

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