Another Bad Day for the North Carolina GOP: Gerrymandering

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Another Bad Day for the North Carolina GOP: Gerrymandering

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Post by Epectitus » Fri Aug 12, 2016 3:51 pm

Breaking: 3-Judge Court Unanimously Rules NC State Districts Unconstitutional Racial Gerrymander
A unanimous 3-judge court (including the district court judge who recently upheld North Carolina’s strict voting law) has held in a 167-page opinion that challenged North Carolina legislative districts are unconstitutional racial gerrymanders and need to be redrawn.

This ruling follows a familiar pattern in these racial gerrymandering cases: a Republican legislature draws district lines to give the party an advantage by packing minority voters into a smaller number of districts. The state defends itself by saying it had no choice, but it had to pack in order to comply with the Voting Rights Act. Plaintiffs sue, and say that the Voting Rights Act does not require this packing, and that in fact the legislatures made race the predominant factor in redistricting in violation of the prohibition on racial gerrymandering first set out in the 1993 case of Shaw v. Reno.

The Supreme Court struck down Alabama districts on this basis in the Alabama Legislative Black Caucus case, and there are already two racial gerrymandering cases the Supreme Court will hear in the next term, including one involving a similar claim as to North Carolina’s congressional districts. I presume the state will appeal this case too to the Supreme Court, and the Court will either agree to hear the case, or grant, vacate, and remand it after it decides the other cases.
More at the link.

Court opinion here.


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Re: Another Bad Day for the North Carolina GOP: Gerrymandering

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Post by realist » Fri Aug 12, 2016 3:56 pm

That's great but won't affect this year's election in NC, as I understand it.


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Post by Foggy » Fri Aug 12, 2016 4:02 pm

Yeah, the next legislature has to implement the fix, which sucks. This election will be officially racially gerrymandered, with whipped cream and a cherry on top. :madguy:


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Post by BillTheCat » Fri Aug 12, 2016 4:36 pm

Foggy wrote:Yeah, the next legislature has to implement the fix, which sucks. This election will be officially racially gerrymandered, with whipped cream and a cherry on top. :madguy:
On the plus side:

TOO BAD IT WON'T DO THEM ANY GOOD. :nope: :trombone:


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Post by vic » Tue Jan 09, 2018 7:02 pm

deleted -

There's a proper thread for what I posted, and the story's there.

http://thefogbow.com/forum/viewtopic.ph ... 93#p733232



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