Here is a link to the best article I have read on the January 9, 2018 Federal Court ruling about the gerrymandered congressional districts in North Carolina. My key takeaways:
- The ruling states that the maps drawn by the majority Republican legislature were “motivated by invidious partisan intent” and violate the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. This is the first time a federal court has blocked a congressional map because of a PARTISAN gerrymander. Racial gerrymandering, the basis of past objections, was not the reason this time.
- The legislature has 2 weeks to come up with an acceptable plan. Otherwise the court will institute its own map and they have already hired an non-partisan, independent expert to begin this process.
- The Republicans have said they will appeal to the Supreme Court, at least to get a stay so they can keep the current maps through the 2018 elections.
It is good to see the balance of powers designed by our country’s founders operating as it should. Meanwhile, give a little appreciation to candidates who, with 10 months to go until the election, are not sure where to campaign!
Article from the New York Times