Court Says North Carolina's Gerrymandering Is Unconstitutional
A three-judge panel found that race was a main factor in drawing 28 of the state's districts.By Eugene Daniels | August 12, 2016
It just got a lot harder to racially discriminate against voters in North Carolina. Twenty-eight of the state's legislative districts have been deemed unconstitutional because they're gerrymandered based on race.
Three district judges made the ruling unanimously, finding the drawn districts violated the Equal Protection Clause of the Constitution because they were drawn with race as a main factor. The opinion says the state hasn't "shown that their use of race to draw any of these districts was narrowly tailored to further a compelling state interest."