A panel of federal judges on Tuesday declared North Carolina's congressional map an "unconstitutional gerrymander", giving lawmakers just two weeks to map new districts.
U.S. Presidential election electoral map.
The federal judges have given state lawmakers until January 29 to fix the issue and show them a new map.
North Carolina Democratic Party Chairman Wayne Goodwin called the ruling a "major victory for North Carolina and people across the state whose voices were silenced by Republicans' unconstitutional attempts to rig the system to their partisan advantage".
The U.S. District Court this week struck down the state's 2016 congressional map as an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander.
Bob Phillips of Common Cause disagrees with Woodhouse.
At hearings a year ago in a Greensboro courtroom, the challengers called mathematicians and other experts to elaborate on statistical models built to highlight the efficiency gap.
RUSTY JACOBS, BYLINE: A federal court had already found that two of North Carolina's congressional districts drawn in 2011 were illegally racially gerrymandered.
In an effort to make it clear that race had not been considered in the drawing of the 2016 maps, Lewis made a comment that provided the underpinnings for the partisan gerrymander case.
"Why do we have a supermajority of Republicans in our state legislature and why do we have 10 members of Congress who are Republican and three who are Democratic?" said Cooper, a Democrat, on CNN's "New Day".
Can the May primary be delayed?On top of that, a computer simulation showed that of all the permutations a potential North Carolina congressional map could take, less than 1 percent of them would result in Republicans having control of 11 seats, demonstrating that this outcome was no fluke.
The 200-plus page court order cites lawmakers' overt partisan intent as the foundation for violations of the Equal Protections Clause, the First Amendment and Article I of the U.S. Constitution.
And that tight timeline plays a prominent role in this emergency motion.
A different three-judge panel that also includes Wynn is considering state House and state Senatedistricts.
Other states besides North Carolina and Wisconsin have been dealing with lawsuits against district lines. The federal judges want the districts to be redrawn immediately by the GOP.
New maps were drawn after that and new elections held.
"The North Carolina partisan gerrymandering case will go to the Supreme Court, which will have to determine whether states controlled by one political party will continue to see the redistricting process used to perpetuate that party's control of state and federal elections", Johnson said. "Who knows what might happen". The primary is scheduled for May 8 and runoffs from that are set for July 17.