June 5, 2017

Supreme Court overturns North Carolina ethnic-based districts

The Hill - The Supreme Court upheld on Monday a lower court’s decision to throw out state legislative district lines, the latest ruling against districts drawn while considering race.

The unsigned order, issued without any dissent, affirms a three-judge panel’s ruling last year that 28 state legislative districts were drawn improperly because legislators considered race in the crafting of new lines in 2011.

The high court did, however, side with Republican state legislators who sought to block the part of the lower court decision that ordered new district lines and special elections be held this year.

The Supreme Court said the district court judges did not give sufficient reason to order special elections, and it ordered those justices to consider further whether elections are justified.

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