Supreme Court Blocks Order Designed to End Gerrymandering in North Carolina

However could someone not find these two congressional districts to be gerrymandered

However could someone not find these two congressional districts to be gerrymandered

The Supreme Court granted a request by state legislators to suspend a January 9 order by a federal three-judge panel that had given the General Assembly until January 24 to come up with a new map for U.S. House of Representatives districts. That map was meant to be a fix to an earlier one, drawn in 2011, where the U.S. Supreme Court agreed amounted to unconstitutional racial gerrymandering.

"The state legislature carefully manipulated the 2011 map to mute the voices of democratic voters".

While the Supreme Court has ruled racial gerrymandering can violate the Constitution, it has never ruled a voting map as an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander.

Roberts handled the appeal since he oversees the 4th U.S. Circuit, which includes North Carolina.

According to an analysis by the Brennan Center for Justice, North Carolina's congressional map is gerrymandered for partisan bias in the country. The analysis estimates the state's map is responsible for an additional two or three Republican seats in Congress.

The North Carolina legislative leaders said their state should receive the same consideration as Wisconsin.

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If the court rules the maps need to be redrawn ahead of the 2018 primary, it could force deadlines for the Congressional campaigns back to ensure candidates have time to file in the proper districts and the Department of State to do its election day procedures. "While we are disappointed that the stay was granted, North Carolinians deserve to participate in fair elections in 2018".

The Republican head of the Pennsylvania state Senate on Tuesday asked the Supreme Court to delay implementation of the North Carolina ruling, saying multiple gerrymandering cases being heard in the courts would otherwise cause confusion until the Supreme Court decides the North Carolina case.

If the court decides that partisan gerrymandering is not the business of courts, "the tumult of drawing a new map now will have proven completely unnecessary".

Last year, new maps for state courts that would have many African-American and Democratic judges to run against one another.

"Voters and even most elected officials agree that partisan gerrymandering is violating the constitutional rights of Americans all over the country", Allison Riggs, senior voting rights attorney for the Southern Coalition for Social Justice, which represents the League of Women Voters, said in a statement Thursday evening. "They've lost so many cases now that if I hadn't litigated nearly all of them, I'd have a hard time keeping track", she added.

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