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U.S. Supreme Court Remands Racial Gerrymandering Case Back Down to N.C. Supreme Court

June 2, 2017

By Anita Earls


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Dickson v. Rucho, a 2011 challenge to 25 state legislative districts and 3 congressional districts in North Carolina has been sent back again to the N.C. Supreme Court, which will now consider the case for a third time. In both of its previous opinions, the N.C. Supreme Court ruled that the districts were constitutional, despite the legislature’s action to intentionally pack African-American voters into districts without justification.  The U.S. Supreme Court has asked the state Supreme Court to reconsider that conclusion in light of the high court’s decision last week in Cooper v. Harris, which struck down two of North Carolina’s congressional districts as racial gerrymanders.

Anita Earls, Executive Director of the Southern Coalition for Social Justice, represents plaintiffs in the case and issued the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court remanded the case to the lower court:

“In light of Cooper v. Harris, our clients are hopeful that the N.C. Supreme Court will follow federal law and recognize these districts for what they are: unconstitutional racial gerrymanders.  The North Carolina Supreme Court should take action swiftly to require the immediate implementation of fair districts for all North Carolina voters.”


Anita S. Earls

Executive Director

Southern Coalition for Social Justice

1415 West Highway 54, Suite 101

Durham, N.C.  27707