Redistricting

Tag: North Carolina

Watch: A Short History of Congressional Redistricting in North Carolina

North Carolina – From the Charlotte Observer Politics & Government section: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/politics-government/article134756399.html/video-embed

Supreme Court Orders Stay in North Carolina Redistricting Case

Washington DC – The full text of the order is below:   TUESDAY, JANUARY 10, 2017 ORDER IN PENDING CASE 16A646 NORTH CAROLINA, ET AL. V. SANDRA LITTLE COVINGTON, ET AL. The application for stay of the order of the United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina, case No. 1:15-CV-399, entered… Read More ›

Chief Justice Roberts Requests Response in NC Racial Gerrymandering Case

North Carolina – A three-judge federal appeals court panel ruled that 28 state legislative districts in North Carolina’s 2010 redistricting map were unconstitutional racial gerrymanders that diluted the votes of black and Hispanic voters.  The state has appealed the case to the U.S. Supreme Court, but the lower federal court has already given an order to the North… Read More ›

NPR and Scotusblog Recap Oral Arguments in Racial Gerrymandering Case

Wash. DC – NPR’s Nina Totenberg recaps Supreme Court oral arguments in , Bethune-Hill v. Virginia State Board of Elections and McCrory v. Harris;  the racial gerrymandering claims arising from the Virginia state legislative and the North Carolina congressional map, which were heard on Monday.  Click below for audio. Read Scotusblog’s analysis here.    

Duke University Team Dabbles with Its Own Algorithm for Measuring Partisan Gerrymandering

North Carolina – It isn’t Efficiency Gap Analysis, but a team of mathematicians at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy have applied its own model (Markov Chain Monte Carlo method) to measuring the extent of partisan gerrymanders.  The algorithm produces maps with districts that have proven to be comparably more competitive than the actual… Read More ›

NPR Talks with Law Profs About Racial Gerrymandering in the Supreme Court

Wash. DC – NPR’s Nina Totenberg discusses the North Carolina racial gerrymandering claim to be heard today before the U.S. Supreme Court.  Totenberg chats with Stanford law professor Nathaniel Persily and Richard Hasen of University of California Irvine about the two congressional districts in dispute and how the court has dealt with similar claims in… Read More ›

Packing Minorities Into Districts. When Is That Ever Okay?

Washington DC – The Supreme Court will tackle that question today as it hears oral arguments in two redistricting cases.  Both cases are alleged racial gerrymander claims; one orginating from Virginia’s state legislative map and the other from North Carolina’s congressional district map. 

Court Rules 28 of 170 N.C. Legislative Districts are Racial Gerrymanders

North Carolina – Last Thursday, a three-judge U.S. District Court panel ruled that 28 of the Republican-drawn districts for the N.C. legislature were indeed unconstitutional racial gerrymanders. The Republican practice of making “safe” minority districts even “safer” to comply with the Voting Rights Act was completely disavowed by the court.  In short, the Voting Rights Act… Read More ›

Fourth Circuit: N.C. Voter ID Law Targets Blacks with “Surgical Precision”

North Carolina – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit has overturned the lower court ruling that had upheld North Carolina’s comprehensive voter identification requirements.  The panel commented that this law targeted African-American voters with “surgical precision.” http://www.nbcnews.com/widget/video-embed/735007299516 Read the court opinion here. Read more in the Washington Post. Read more in the… Read More ›

North Carolina Voter ID Law On Appeal

North Carolina – The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has scheduled oral argument this week on the challenge to the state’s Voter Identification requirement for registering to vote.  The 2013 changes in the law include: a photo identification requirement a reduced early voting period elimination of same-day registration during the early voting period; and disqualification… Read More ›

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