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Federal Court Says N.C. Lawmakers Used Racial Gerrymandering to Draw 2 Congressional Districts

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A panel of federal judges ruled Friday that North Carolina lawmakers used racial gerrymandering to draw at least two of the state’s thirteen congressional districts. According to The News & Observer, the order from the three judges bars elections in the 1st and 12th congressional districts, leaving many to wonder about the March primary.

From The News & Observer:

“The lawsuit decided on Friday is one of several challenging the maps in federal and state court.

 

Friday’s ruling was strongly worded in discounting the legislature’s claims that race played no part in drawing the new maps, saying the redistricting had fundamentally affected citizens’ rights to vote.

 

“The record is replete with statements indicating that race was the legislature’s paramount concern,” the ruling says.”

The court has given the state legislature two weeks to redraw the two districts, which some political analysts say will require the tweaking of surrounding districts as well.

State lawmakers are finalizing an appeal, which will likely be filed with the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday. Additionally, lawmakers are asking the high court to issue a stay on the lower court’s ruling.

Read the full report from The News & Observer.

Read the federal court’s full opinion here.

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122 comments
Timothy Hoepfl
Timothy Hoepfl

FALSE. .. ITS AT THE SUPREME COURT. . ACTS FROM BOTH SIDES ARE BEING WEIGHED

Zombie Apocalypse
Zombie Apocalypse

Electronic voting machines are even more important than this.

Austin Bobo
Austin Bobo

Yea both sides are equally guilty of making the weird shapes.

Joe Purtell
Joe Purtell

Draw them to match county boundaries and if the counties are too big then split them right down the middle! That would stop all this bullcrap !

Debbie Rose
Debbie Rose

Great! Racial gerrymandering has to Stop.

Dallas Cox
Dallas Cox

What should be ensured is that all citizens are represented without bias, for or against. If my geographic plan was followed, there would be no way for either party to rig the elections.

Holly Stowe
Holly Stowe

In some ways gerrymandering as this does ensure that blacks win elections...

Holly Stowe
Holly Stowe

Donald Smallwood , it's blatant on both sides. Democrats just cry louder.

Holly Stowe
Holly Stowe

Wanda Goin, BOTH PARTIES indeed DO this.

P Scott Schlitte
P Scott Schlitte

agree - either do them in geometric shapes or by county(s) or groups of counties based on population

P Scott Schlitte
P Scott Schlitte

Bryan Delgadillo Valdivia since i see your likes are all one party I understand your bias, but if you really look you can find just as ridiculous shapes in many states done by either party.

Mike Long
Mike Long

In the states and federal seats there ARE over 600 seat up for grabbs. NOW WE can Move Foward an Do This REVOLUTION. GO BERNIE GO LETS GET RIED OF THE GOP Obstructionist. that dont work for the USA ONLY GREED

James Francis
James Francis

Yet another reason why people need to wake up and vote for a Constitutional government! !

Edith Montgomery
Edith Montgomery

Not every state , Montana splits it evenly ! They take care of their voters not big money political party !

Chuck Worthington
Chuck Worthington

Jimmy Mac you are wrong. The state too over Flint and did it to save money.

Carol Mulrooney
Carol Mulrooney

Toby Plumlee The districts were drawn to benefit white Republicans. And you're clueless that both parties do this. SCOTUS gutted the VRA of 1965 because blacks didn't vote Republican. The county I live in voted 60% for Romney, but in counties that were more Democratic polls were closed. The provisional and absentee ballots that were filled out were shredded. The 26th Amendment lowered the voting age to 18 and gave college students the right to vote in their college and use their ID's. Not in this state, they had to leave their college and get new ID's. College students in Texas need a gun permits to vote. Buying anything to vote is a poll tax and was abolished by the 24th Amendment. Republicans have a demographics problem because whites will be the minority by 2044. How else can they win elections since they're the lily white party?

Toby Plumlee
Toby Plumlee

Both parties do this. It is a political curuption problem that allows this to happen not a party issue. Integrity seems to be in short supply these days. Do you not see America? We have all been sold out.

Toby Plumlee
Toby Plumlee

You speak ignorance. Both parties do this. It is not a party issue but rather a political curuption issue. Game over.

Toby Plumlee
Toby Plumlee

Both parties do this. Both parties are curupt and represent themselves and special interest groups not the people in this day and age. Let's stop trying to turn it into a party issue. It is a political curuption issue. Both parties are past their prime and will not fix the problem unless the people find a way to hold them accountable. Integrity seems to be in short supply these days. I despise both parties equally. They have lied to the American people one to many times. Game over. They divide and hurt this country. Most of the blue and red party politicians are traitors to the nation .Lets stand up together America!!!

Toby Plumlee
Toby Plumlee

The most honest and intelligent comment I have seen on this post. I agree with you 100% Brother! Both parties are curupt to the core and are past their prime. I despise them equally.

Toby Plumlee
Toby Plumlee

Actually both parties do it and it needs to be stoped. Districts need to be drawn independently without party influences and without regard to race or voting trends. Its a political curuption issue, not a party issue. Both parties are sick with greed and curuption

Carolyn Burrell Jones
Carolyn Burrell Jones

Both parties do it,at a rate of 93 % of incumbents being returned. That's why we see politicians with "career" ambitions and not statesmen who see it as a duty to serve honorably,then go home .Representation is supposed to turn over,to keep it closer to original intent.

Dawn Gutzwiller Smith
Dawn Gutzwiller Smith

Have you seen the way the Republicans sliced up Ohio? The Democrats and Independents don't have a chance.

Joseph Kieffaber
Joseph Kieffaber

The voting rights act was partially gutted, but it is still in effect, and the "Red" states have been abusing it for some time, now. Where were the courts? About time that they took a hand.

Paula Forrest
Paula Forrest

Donald Smallwood, in this political enviornment, there is no such thing as an "...uninterested commission". That's wishful thinking.

Sandi Wiener
Sandi Wiener

They just get too damn much information in the Census. Don't let the people drawing the lines see anything but how many people reside in the district. No race, gender, religion or party.

Walter Wieczorek
Walter Wieczorek

Could this be the argument that breaks GM in ill-inois? Our representatives dont even know where we live.

Claire Laskowski
Claire Laskowski

Jimmy Mac The western 3rd of the state is controlled by democrats? That's big news! Why didn't someone let me in on that secret?

Ismael Pacho
Ismael Pacho

They need to do something in some big cities in texas , all cities of 400 k population In texas has the same problem , gerrymandering !!!!???????

Marilyn Bennett
Marilyn Bennett

You mean that western third of the state that almost no one lives in? Flagstaff, Phoenix and Tucson - the main population centers of Arizona are in mid and eastern positions so I guess it's not the Dems who rule AZ.

Tim Murray
Tim Murray

Good!! When districts are drawn, due to Census, they should reflect not reject/control the last state wide election. This would be representative of the people and its voting population..

John C. Smith Jr.
John C. Smith Jr.

That is very good news, however surprising from this Supreme Court.

Ronald C Baker
Ronald C Baker

There is nothing Democratic about Gerrymandering its rigging the system!

Jeremiah Galyon
Jeremiah Galyon

There is a special place in hell for a woman that attacks other women raped by her husband! How can you "love" a candidate that attacks women raped/assaulted by her husband? Or takes money from foreign governments and corporations? Or has been found guilty and fined for ethics violations? Or lied to the mothers of dead Americans in order to cover her incompetence? Vote for Bernie. He doesn't have to lie about rape and incompetence.

Robert Zmuda
Robert Zmuda

We need a political revolution. Or are you one of those who Albert Einstein called " INSANE "? " To continue to do the same thing over and over again expecting a different result." INSANE . So keep voting the corporate establishment elites into office and keep bitching nothing's changed because honey Hillary and Bill Clinton are as much elite entitled establishment corporatist as any republican is. Bill is as much to blame for the economic collapse as all the republicans in office at the time. Bill got rid of Glas/ Steagle, signed into the 2000 securities modification act, NAFTA, Jobs to work Welfare reform putting 30 million children into poverty ( another republican bill) and reformed the justice department and arrest laws to put more drug addicts ,pot pushes and crack addicts and dealers in prison longer while reducing sentences for coke addicts and dealers . Just some of the wonderful thing the first Clinton president did for the poor and middle class. With the collapse of Egypt, Libya,Syria and Emboldened Putin in Russia, ISIS GROWING, Saudi Arabia at war with Oman. Other than take a lot of flights to exotic places what did Hillary accomplish as Secretary of State? Help save the middle class and our nation, vote for and help elect Bernie Sanders as our next president and shock the establishment entitled elites.

Robert E. Daniel
Robert E. Daniel

SO??? WHAT IS NEW..............FARTFACE???..WHOSE OX IS BEING GORED??...

Walter Wieczorek
Walter Wieczorek

The democratic party has been doing this to whites in Illinois for 50 years.

Anatole Evans
Anatole Evans

Gerrymandering is all about making politicians so safe that they only answer to the oligarchy! My post is spot on!