On Monday three federal judges ordered that North Carolina draw new district boundary lines in the next month for 28 of North Carolina’s 170 General Assembly districts.
The reason for North Carolina’s state legislature being ordered to draw new legislative district lines is simple, last year the courts ruled that the 28 districts were purposely discriminatory against black American voters. The districts in place weakened the power of black voters and the idea is now to fix the situation.
The order comes after the latest ruling against newly drawn boundaries presented by Republicans that judges ruled against.
In June the Supreme Court stood behind the lower court ruling that those 28 districts needed new district lines. Earlier, in May, two North Carolina congressional districts, the Supreme Court ruled, were drawn without racial considerations.
Republicans in the legislature are now forced to draw new appropriate lines in a quicker amount of time. At the beginning of July, legislators were questioned as to whether they took the order to draw new district lines seriously. Some Democratic and civil rights organizations, who praised the order, said that this situation proves that Republican legislators were overreaching their bounds by purposely drawing maps that would work out well in their candidates favor.
Wayne Goodwin, Democratic Party chairman, said in a statement:
‘We are encourage by today’s court ruling and hope that this decision allows North Carolina citizens to finally get the fair representation from their state government that they deserve. As the ruling outlined, this unconstitutionally elected Republican caucus has dragged their feed for far too long on drawing democratic maps.’
It was ruled last year that two of North Carolina’s congressional districts were purposely drawn with the intention of demeaning and diminishing the black vote.
There has been no public reaction from Republicans state legislators to the ruling as of Monday.
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