SCOTUS Ruling on NC Congressional Districts
May 22, 2017
U.S. Supreme Court agrees NC lawmakers created illegal congressional district maps in 2011
By Anne Blythe, Raleigh News & Observer
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that North Carolina lawmakers relied too heavily on race when drawing congressional districts in 2011, affirming a lower-court ruling that forced legislators to create new maps last year.
The racial gerrymanders that left Republicans representing 10 of 13 North Carolina congressional districts were meant to dilute the power of black voters in the political process and muffle their voice, according to the ruling. Read more