Federal judges will 'act promptly' in NC redistricting case

Posted June 9

— A three-judge federal panel on Friday urged attorneys to move quickly in submitting motions as the legal wrangling continues after North Carolina's legislative districts were struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court.

The panel's ruling comes just 24 hours after state lawmakers voted to disregard Gov. Roy Cooper's call for an extra session to redraw voting districts. It's also a day after attorneys for voters who successfully sued asked a three-judge panel to decide quickly on a schedule to fix the districts.

The court invited attorneys for the state, legislators and the State Board of Elections to provide input "as expeditiously as possible."

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday upheld a lower court ruling that state lawmakers illegally packed too many black voters into 19 House and nine Senate districts when they drew legislative voting maps in 2011.

"I'm pleased the court intends to act swiftly. There is no reason for Republican legislators to drag their heels in correcting this wrong after the Supreme Court affirmed their map to be unconstitutional," Cooper said in a statement released Friday afternoon.

In the coming weeks, the panel will make a final ruling on two key issues – when the new voting maps would be due and whether or not the state would hold a special election this year or wait until the next regular cycle of elections in 2018.


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  • John Barbara Jun 13, 3:09 p.m.
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    What I see in these Court decisions is that it seems the Feds believe it unConstitutional to draw districts in a way that disadvantages Democrats. Gerrymandering to ensure near total Democratic control is Constitutional, anything else, not so much. The Feds have become highly politicized from executive agencies such as the IRS. Why would anyone expect the Federal Courts to be apolitical? They're very political and since most lawyers are Democrats they will look out for their party. This really is just a big banana republic with nukes. Get over it people, you have no right to expect an apolitical government apparatus. That realization should sober you up, there really is no point in voting, the Courts will ensure the Democrats get control back, you and your vote can go pound sand, not the Republicans are much better. Ultimately, the only real victim is individual liberty and the winner is an ever growing and monstrous government.

  • John Archer Jun 11, 2:00 p.m.
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    North Carolina gerrymandering has very little to do with race, and everything to do with party affiliation and "likely to vote" demographics. The Democrats want things to sway their way, and the GOP wants things to sway their way. Currently the GOP has been caught using racial factors to try to swing things. Who knows the best way to do it? Nobody, so it'll keep getting challenged no matter which side is doing it.

  • Charlie Watkins Jun 11, 1:56 p.m.
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    The Democrats gerrymandered with tacit approval of the media.

    However, the media does not like it when the Republicans do the same.

    I think it has to do with the Democrats buying more advertising.

  • Norman Lewis Jun 10, 3:44 p.m.
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    Many of the current districts were deliberately drawn to give "minority voters" the edge in population for elections. It is a practical impossibility to have equal racial/ethnic/party representation in a Congressional district. If we had magically, districts with absolutely equal demographics, there would be complaints minorities were shut out of the process of winning elections. To paraphrase a famous literary work, "all animals are equal but some are more equal than others". Minorities are just that, minorities. To complain about not having equal chances in an election for a minority group, you would have to complain about not having districts that concentrated a specific ethnic group. Wait, we already have those so what is the true goal of this mess? You can't have it both ways. Total fairness and "equality" are illusions.

  • Michael Bawden Jun 10, 7:04 a.m.
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    Maybe the Republicans can employ Roy Coopers expertise in drawing partisan distrlicts based on race. As Senator Cooper did a good job of gerrymandering districts based on race back in the 90s. Though Roy is claiming the Hillary defense. Cooper does not "recall" doing so.