In back-to-back rulings on Monday, a three-judge panel handed North Carolina voters a chance at both new legislative and congressional voting districts for 2020.
Congressional Maps Enjoined
North Carolina’s 2020 elections for 13 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives must happen under new maps, the same three-panel ruled Monday evening, saying that the current Republican-drawn maps are unfair to voters. The legislature will get to redraw the lines in November. Click here to read the order.
Legislative Redistricting Approved
Three judge panel today approved the N.C. General Assembly’s proposed redistricting maps, opting not to engage a special master to redraw the proposed legislative maps. New maps were drawn by lawmakers last month after a three-judge panel found the prior maps to be unconstitutional partisan gerrymanders. Click here to read the order.
“In back-to-back rulings, North Carolina’s courts have ruled in favor of fairer maps for 2020,” said Democracy NC Communications Director Jen Jones. “After years of having their political power packed and cracked by state lawmakers, next year voters are one step closer to choosing their politicians, and not the other way around.”