A federal court on Tuesday found North Carolina's congressional map to be an unconstitutional "partisan" gerrymander devised by the state's Republican lawmakers - and ordered the state to submit a new map by the end of the month.
"We applaud the court's decision on behalf of all voters in North Carolina and the work of the plaintiffs and their legal teams, who worked tirelessly to hold the North Carolina legislature's brazen partisan gerrymander to account", said Tomas Lopez, executive director for Democracy North Carolina.
The court had first heard oral arguments in October 2017 for the Gil v. Whitford, a case which challenged the constitutionality of a 2011 redistricting of the state of Wisconsin. "So I drew this map to help foster what I think is better for the country".
Two cases now under consideration by the high court, one from Wisconsin and another from Maryland, may provide guidance. The ruling also argues that the map violates the First Amendment by burdening the free speech of voters who do not support Republicans. The judges have ordered the congressional maps to be re-drawn by January 24. Mike Collins and political experts look at the impact of the ruling, and the landscape heading into the mid-term elections. Lewis said a year ago that, given another chance, he wouldn't have said that, but he was trying to make it obvious race wasn't a deciding factor in the maps. "Partisan gerrymanders are quite simply undemocratic". "This map is clearly not that". "It is incredibly disappointing activist Judge Jim Wynn is waging a personal, partisan war on North Carolina Republicans". That was the unanimous ruling yesterday from three federal judges.
The panel's decision was in fact unanimous. Osteen dissented from that portion of the opinion but otherwise concurred.
Republican state Sens. Dan Soucek, left, and Brent Jackson, right, review historical maps during The Senate Redistricting Committee for the 2016 Extra Session in the Legislative Office Building at the N.C. General Assembly, in Raleigh, N.C. Those efforts have gained more attention because many state legislatures are controlled by the GOP.
The ruling, which saw North Carolina's congressional map struck down as unconstitutional on Tuesday, has nationwide implications and could pose a threat to Donald Trump's grip on Washington.
Dallas Woodhouse, state GOP executive director, said the party knows the midterm elections will be hard, but that Yang is making too much of an enthusiasm gap.
The U.S. Supreme Court last June upheld a lower court's ruling that Republican lawmakers in North Carolina had mapped state legislative districts in a way that diluted the clout of black voters.
The state is now blocked from moving forward with the 2018 congressional elections using the current map, and and the court gave the legislature two weeks to create a remedial plan.