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Three federal judges on Friday threw out the congressional voting maps the Republican-led General Assembly drew five years ago, ruling that two districts were gerrymandered along racial lines.
The ruling throws the March 15 primary into chaos, as the judges ordered state lawmakers to redraw the maps within two weeks and not to hold any elections for U.S. House until the maps are in place. A special session of the legislature would have to be called to approve new maps, and they might have to pass federal muster again.
LWV CHALLENGING VOTER RESTRICTIONS IN COURT The fight for voting rights has been urgent in North Carolina, where the League of Women Voters of North Carolina and co-plaintiffs headed to trial in their landmark federal challenge of the state's 2013 anti-voter bill. The law, one of the nation's strictest, cut common-sense early voting opportunities and stripped Election-Day registration and out-of-precinct voting--all with the result of leaving disproportionate numbers of minority voters on the sidelines come Election Day. While thousands took to the streets in a massive protest against the law, lawyers for the League and other groups, together with the U.S. Department of Justice, argued in court that the law is discriminatory and that it posed barriers for untold numbers of voters in 2014.
REDISTRICTING VICTORY FOR THE CITIZENS OF NORTH CAROLINA
The League of Women Voters of NC won a victory for the citizens of North Carolina! The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the 2011 redistricting plan that packed NC legislative and US Congressional districts based on race must be reconsidered by the NC Supreme Court in light of the recent ruling in the Alabama redistricting case.
The League has a long-standing position in support of districts that are compact, convenient, and contiguous; that reflect a community of interest; and that comply with the National Voting Rights Acts. Furthermore, the responsibility for redistricting should reside with an independent agency that is not beholden to a political party. In addition, the League supports an open, transparent redistricting process that allows for citizen input.
NC VOTING RIGHTS IN PERIL!
The League continues to fight against the destructive effects of voter suppression while also urging full compliance with and protection of important federal laws like the National Voter Registration Act and the Voting Rights Act.