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North Carolina Congressional Map Ruled Unconstitutionally Gerrymandered

North Carolina Congressional Map Ruled Unconstitutionally Gerrymandered”

A panel of three federal judges has ordered the state to redraw its congressional map again, forbidding North Carolina from holding this year's scheduled U.S. House elections until it does.

"We agree with plaintiffs that a wealth of evidence proves the General Assembly's intent to "subordinate" the interests of non-Republican voters and "entrench" Republican domination of the state's congressional delegation", Judge James A. Wynn Jr. wrote in a 191-page opinion that another judge joined in full.

The legislature has until 5 p.m. January 24 to draw new maps. Judge William Osteen, who was appointed by President George W. Bush, wrote a separate opinion concurring in part and dissenting in part.

The court agreed that the plan violated the Constitution on all those counts, and barred the state from conducting another election under the current map.

"Legislative Defendants also do not argue ― and have never argued ― that the 2016 Plan's intentional disfavoring of supporters of non-Republican candidates advances any democratic, constitutional, or public interest".

More litigation is likely to come before it's clear what will happen to North Carolina's congressional map, but the ruling is the latest blow to gerrymandering-and potentially to Republican control of the House, which is built partly on a series of gerrymanders in large swing states like North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Michigan and OH, as well as Wisconsin, whose maps are now in front of the Supreme Court. Check back with NC Policy Watch for more details.



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