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Justices rule North Carolina improperly relied on race in redistricting efforts

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Robert Barnes reports in the Washington Post:

The Supreme Court ruled Monday that North Carolina’s Republican-controlled legislature unlawfully relied on race when drawing two of the state’s congressional districts.

The decision continued a trend at the court, where justices have found that racial considerations improperly predominated in redistricting decisions by Republican-led legislatures in Virginia, Alabama and North Carolina. Some involved congressional districts, others legislative districts.

The states had contended their efforts were partisan attempts to protect their majorities, which the Supreme Court in the past has allowed, rather than attempts to diminish the impact of minority voters, which is forbidden.

But the justices declared North Carolina had relied too heavily on race in their efforts to “reshuffle,” in the words of Justice Elena Kagan, voters from one district to another. They were unanimous in rejecting one of the districts, and split 5 to 3 on the other. . .

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I wonder what Abraham Lincoln would make of the Republican party today.

I sure hope SCOTUS takes up the gerrymandering case and puts an end to gerrymandering now that an objective test has been developed.

Written by LeisureGuy

22 May 2017 at 10:18 am

Posted in Election, GOP, Government, Law

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