RALEIGH, N.C. (2/20/2018) — Democracy North Carolina, the North Carolina NAACP, the League of Women Voters of North Carolina, North Carolina A. Philip Randolph Institute, and four individual plaintiff-voters filed a lawsuit in Wake County Superior Court today challenging four N.C. House districts in Wake County enacted by the N.C. General Assembly after certain 2011 state legislative districts were found to be racial gerrymanders.
The lawsuit challenges N.C. House Districts 36, 37, 40, and 41; the plaintiffs are represented by the Southern Coalition for Social Justice.
Plaintiffs allege that the N.C. General Assembly’s changes to these districts in 2017 were not necessary to remedy past racial gerrymanders and therefore violate the state constitution’s bar on redistricting more than once per decade.
Plaintiffs also requested a preliminary injunction to stop officials from holding 2018 primary elections in Wake County until constitutional maps from 2011 could be reinstated.
The complaint was filed one week after a three-judge panel in the same court found that challenged congressional and legislative districts in the state’s longest-running redistricting lawsuit (Dickson v. Rucho) were unconstitutional, but that the districts in question should be resolved in a separate lawsuit.