Appeals Court Strikes Down NC Senate, House Election Maps

Aug 11, 2016

NC's Senate election map, now ruled unconstitutional.
Credit NCGA

A three-judge panel of the U.S. District Court has ruled that North Carolina’s redistricting map for state house and senate members, redrawn in 2011 by the Republican-led General Assembly, are unconstitutional racial gerrymanders.

Judge James Wynn wrote the unanimous decision:

“After careful consideration of the evidence presented, we conclude that race was the predominant factor motivating the drawing of all challenged districts. Moreover, Defendants have not shown that their use of race to draw any of these districts was narrowly tailored to further a compelling state interest. In particular, Defendants have not shown that their use of race was reasonably necessary to remedy a violation of Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act.”

The court ruled that 28 of the districts were racial gerrymanders.

The court also determined that new maps could not be re-drawn in time for the 2016 election, but ordered that new maps must be created for 2018.