North Carolina Congressional Districts Struck Down for 2018

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Roy Cooper railed against gerrymandering in his home state Thursday after federal judges said this week that congressional districts would have to be redrawn because they were unconstitutionally partisan. The judges said the invidious partisanship of the Republican-drawn maps ran contrary to the voters' constitutional right to elect their representatives.

They request a ruling from the highest court by January 22. This date is crucial as filing for candidates in the November congressional election begin on February 12 with the primaries set for May.

Judges appointed by former presidents Jimmy Carter, George W. Bush and Barack Obama unanimously condemned Republican legislators' violation of the U.S. Constitution's equal-protection clause.

Other states besides North Carolina and Wisconsin have been dealing with lawsuits against district lines. It throws a new wrinkle and more uncertainty into the 2018 election cycle in North Carolina a month before candidates were scheduled to file for office.

Missing from this argument is the fact that just two years ago North Carolina's congressional election schedule was changed because of a federal ruling about gerrymandering. The head of North Carolina's Republican Party, Dallas Woodhouse, called out one of the judges for "waging a personal, partisan war on North Carolina Republicans", an especially rich claim coming from a party found guilty of waging a personal, partisan war on fair elections.

In the state's 2011 redistricting plan, voters claim Democratic state officials meant to dilute the votes of Republicans in the state's 6th Congressional District who supported the Republican incumbent, then-Rep.

Republicans, however, promise an appeal.

A spokeswoman for state Sen.

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The request comes less than a day after the state officials filed a notice of their appeal to the Supreme Court. Hise and state Rep. David Lewis have led redistricting efforts in the legislature.

For the first time ever, a federal court has ruled that a congressional map is rigged in a partisan fashion and must be redrawn.

The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in that case in October.

In 2011 Wisconsin Republicans completely controlled the redistricting process for the first time in four decades.

North Carolina Republicans have asked the Supreme Court to block a federal district court's decision to strike down the state's congressional voter map.

Indeed, a year after the redistricting, Republicans captured only a minority of the statewide vote - 48.6 percent - but, as they had privately predicted, they still won 60 of the 99 state legislative seats, while the Democrats, who had won a majority of the vote, captured a mere 39 seats.

She said that means four of the six judges in North Carolina and Pennsylvania agree with her side, while two judges do not.

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