North Carolina Congressional Map Ruled 'An Unconstitutional Partisan Gerrymander'

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The panel ruled in that instance that there was no justification for race being used as the primary factor in forming the districts. Late Friday, Roberts asked for a response by next Wednesday to the delay request from the election advocacy groups and Democratic voters who sued over the congressional map.

"Simply put, after taking months to issue an opinion adopting multiple entirely novel theories of partisan gerrymandering, the three-judge court has given the General Assembly just two weeks to draw a third congressional map, which is sufficiently unlikely to pass the court's muster that the court has already chose to have a special master draw a competing map", Strach said in his court filing.

The lawmakers' attorneys filed a motion with Chief Justice John Roberts seeking delay of the lower court judges' directive that the General Assembly draw a replacement map by January 24.

The deadline is important because candidates for the November congressional elections begin filing for the primaries on February 12. The judges explained to the GOP that they would hire a redistricting expert to draw the new district boundaries if they failed to.

A spokeswoman for Republican state Sen. Ralph Hise, chairman of the Senate Redistricting Committee, indicated the committee will be appealing the ruling.

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Clement also said it doesn't make sense for North Carolina to redraw its 2016 maps before the Supreme Court resolves similar partisan gerrymandering cases from Maryland and Wisconsin, whose outcomes could affect the final result in North Carolina's case.

State Republican Party executive director Dallas Woodhouse said the districts "are fair and were drawn following all known rules, and existing case law".

"The ruling comes in cases filed by the League of Women Voters and Common Cause in North Carolina stemming from maps adopted in 2016 during a special legislative session". He said, "Politicians will no longer be allowed to use partisan gerrymandering in order to shield themselves from accountability to the public". "In Pennsylvania two judges said it did not - and (a) third agreed with us", lawyer Alice Ballard said in a statement. They found that the district lines violated the First Amendment rights of Democrats in those districts by giving their favored candidates very little chance of winning, which burdens their freedom of speech and association.

A different three-judge panel that also includes Wynn is considering state House and state Senatedistricts. "However, the 2011 Pennsylvania Congressional districts map has been determined to be constitutional by both Federal and State judges, which serves to further strengthen my view that the plaintiffs should abandon their costly legal actions and allow the Legislature's examination of reforms to move forward." .

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