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Judges order North Carolina congressional districts redrawn quickly

Federal judges said Tuesday that North Carolina will have to quickly redraw its 13 congressional districts because th...

Posted: Jan 10, 2018 10:07 AM
Updated: Jan 10, 2018 10:07 AM

Federal judges said Tuesday that North Carolina will have to quickly redraw its 13 congressional districts because the map is unconstitutionally partisan.

The three-judge panel rejected the previous map drawn by the Republican-controlled General Assembly, saying it violates the Equal Protection Clause, the First Amendment, and Article I of the Constitution.

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The judges gave the state about three weeks to file a new plan with the court so it will be in place before the 2018 midterms.

Ralph Hise, North Carolina's state Senate redistricting chairman, told Reuters through a spokeswoman that Republicans would appeal.

Judge James A. Wynn of the 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals wrote the majority opinion. "...Partisan gerrymandering runs contrary to numerous fundamental democratic principles and individual rights," he wrote.

Dallas Woodhouse, executive director of the North Carolina GOP, directed his ire at Wynn, an appointee of President Barack Obama.

"This is a hostile takeover of the #NCGA and legislative bodies across the US," he tweeted. "It is incredibly disappointing activist Judge Jim Wynn is waging a personal, partisan war on North Carolina Republicans."

The head of the state's Democratic party applauded the decision.

"Today's ruling is a major victory for North Carolina and people across the state whose voices were silenced by Republicans' unconstitutional attempts to rig the system to their partisan advantage," Chairman Wayne Goodwin said. He called on the legislature to draw "fair, nonpartisan maps that give North Carolina voters a voice."

The General Assembly is the bicameral legislature of North Carolina, consisting of a House and Senate. Republican lawmakers hold the majority in both houses and have enough members to override any vetoes by Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper.

North Carolina voting has been nearly split along partisan lines in recent statewide elections -- such as for governor and president -- but Republicans control 10 US House seats compared with three for Democrats.

The state has the 10th largest delegation in Congress.

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