Supreme Court to consider NC gerrymandering case

The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to review a case challenging North Carolina’s use of race when drawing voter districts.

North Carolina lawmakers are accused of relying too heavily on race in drawing new districts as part of a 2011 redrawing of legislative lines.

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North Carolina citizens bringing the case forward argued that the redrawn lines were a “textbook example of racial gerrymandering” that violated the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment.

They claimed North Carolina lawmakers packed black voters from “disparate black communities” into the 1st Congressional District and 12th Congressional District.

The U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina agreed, ruling that the 2011 Congressional Redistricting Plan was unconstitutional and ordering the North Carolina General Assembly to draw a new congressional district plan.

Because the North Carolina Supreme Court reached an opposite result in a case that raised identical claims, the North Carolina plaintiffs took their appeal straight to the Supreme Court.

David Harris, a voter from the state's 1st Congressional District, brought the case forward with Christine Bowser and Samuel Love, two voters who reside in the state's 2nd Congressional District. Both of those districts are represented in Congress by Democrats.