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Federal Judges Strike Down NC Congressional District Map Over Partisan Gerrymander

by Countable | 1.10.18

What’s the story?

For the first time ever, a federal district court panel has struck down a congressional district map as a partisan gerrymander.

The three judge panel, comprised of one Obama appointee, one Carter appointee, and one Bush appointee, ruled unanimously that the North Carolina Congressional Map was written to specifically privilege Republican candidates.

They argued that the map was in violation of the constitution in three ways, writes the Washington Post. It violated the Equal Protection clause, the First Amendment and Article 1, "by exceeding the scope of the General Assembly’s delegated authority to enact congressional regulations and interfering with the right of ‘the People’ to choose their Representatives."

Reports differ on the deadline (the Post reports January 24, while the Raleigh News & Observer reports January 29), but by the end of the month the state’s General Assembly has been instructed to draw up a new map.

In October the Supreme Court heard arguments regarding the state legislative district map in Wisconsin and whether it should be struck down as a partisan gerrymander. Their ruling is expected in June 2018. According to the News & Observer, "legislative leaders plan to appeal [the NC case] to the U.S. Supreme Court" and it is assumed the Court would consider this case with the Wisconsin case, Gill v. Whitford.

What do you think?

Do you think the federal court made the right decision in this case, or do you think they’re usurping state’s rights? Are you concerned about partisan gerrymanders going into the 2018 and 2020 elections? Do you live in a district that you believe is gerrymandered?

Tell us in the comments what you think, then use the Take Action button to tell your reps!

— Asha Sanaker

(Photo Credit: Nathania Johnson via Flickr / Creative Commons)

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  • John
    01/10/2018
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    Do away with partisan gerrymandering & restore the concept of one-person-one-vote! Taking away people’s voice by playing games with district lines is suppression & borders on un-Constitutional.

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  • IllWill
    01/10/2018
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    These gerrymandered districts exist all over the place. There needs to be a review of districts all across the country. Independent panels need to be in charge of the drawing of these districts. We can’t allow politicians to be picking the voters!

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  • Countryfirst
    01/10/2018
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    I live in Asheville, NC a little slice of blue sanity and we KNEW about the gerrymandering..it us how the cheating republicans put McHenry in District 10..no more!!!!

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  • Jeannie
    01/10/2018
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    NO MORE STACKED DECKS TO RIG ELECTIONS!

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  • Timothy
    01/11/2018
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    Drawing congressional district borders must be completely taken away from politicians. They absolutely cannot be trusted not to manipulate voting districts to their own benefit.

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  • Dara
    01/11/2018
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    Good for these justices. The politicians have gerrymandered districts by political parties far too long.

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  • Colin
    01/10/2018
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    What some posters may not realize is that there is no undue federal intrusion. While States have broad discretion in creating congressional districts they have to stay within certain bounds and respect the constitutional rights of its residents.

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  • Mindful
    01/10/2018
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    May this process be replicated all over the Country. Keep them Honest. Don’t you agree? What’s wrong with setting up an impartial Commission-respective locally, to draw up the equitable districts all over the Country.

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  • Chuck
    01/10/2018
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    Hopefully Wisconsin will have a similar opinion Then we can work on eliminating citizens united

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  • Sarah
    01/13/2018
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    Ever wonder why a Candidate can win the popular vote but lose the electoral college? Gerrymandering is your answer. As American citizens we all want our votes to count equally. We all deserve that and it’s the only way our democracy can be restored.

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  • James
    01/11/2018
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    Gerrymandering must end asap. Please help end this practice in our state and every other.

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  • Nancy
    01/12/2018
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    Partisan gerrymandering is one of the scourges that has gotten this country so politically derailed. The Greed Over People (GOP) has much to answer for and that is just one of the problems. Since gerrymandering affects all citizens of the USA it is a federal as well as a state problem and it needs to be addressed at the federal level.

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  • Kathryn
    01/11/2018
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    This is a move in the right direction!

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  • Tilton
    01/11/2018
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    We all know what gerrymandering is and we have seen how our elected representatives applied it to our “political system.” That system has wrongly allowed both parties political advantages by unfairly drawing political boundaries. It is time to stop. No vote for you from me if I see you do not support removing gerrymandering from your party’s platform.

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  • Stacy
    01/10/2018
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    Gerrymandering is probably prevalent in every state and it needs to stop! It has definitely affected my local election in Virginia which is still in contention. The City of Fredericksburg usually votes for Democrats. It used to be one District but now it’s split between House District #28 and #88 to carve up the Democratic votes and make it easier for Republicans to win, which is exactly what happened. 😡

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  • Christine
    01/11/2018
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    Absolutely the correct decision! Republicans illegally used a logarithm to gerrymander in many states. That is why the Supreme Court is going to hear the gerrymandering case. The GOP cheated their way to majorities in congress and in statehouses. They will continue to face consequences.

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  • phil
    01/11/2018
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    Here here! Bravo! It’s about time!

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  • Cndrla
    01/11/2018
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    We do everything to make sure our athletes don’t cheat...why don’t we demand the same of our representatives?

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  • Ochoninja
    01/12/2018
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    Gerrymandering is definitely rigging elections and Republicans should be punished. When accused 45 resorts to distractions blaming Hillary or Obama for everything

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  • Rebecca
    01/11/2018
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    Let’s hope that Pennsylvania is next in following the lead set in North Carolina! Goodness knows I would enjoy having a chance to vote for a representative who actually represents my interests, rather than the one I have, whose seat is so safely gerrymandered that he doesn’t bother to set foot in my town, where there are few votes for him.

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