NC Court Rules GOP Gerrymandered Districts Are Legal

The Raleigh News & Observer reports:

North Carolina’s new political districts do not violate the state constitution, a panel of three judges ruled unanimously Tuesday. The GOP-drawn maps would give Republicans a built-in advantage in future elections — but none of the reasons why challengers said the maps are unconstitutional stand up to legal scrutiny, the judges ruled.

In other words, politicians may use the redistricting process to give their party an edge. Indeed, the judges wrote in their 260-page ruling, redistricting is an inherently political process and is meant to be that way. “Redistricting and the political considerations that are part of that process do not impinge on the right to vote,” they wrote.

“Nothing about redistricting affects a person’s right to cast a vote.” The challengers immediately announced Tuesday that they plan to appeal the ruling.

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