Federal court rejects election clause claim in Pennsylvania gerrymandering case


Other states besides North Carolina and Wisconsin have been dealing with lawsuits against district lines.

"Prohibiting the State from using the duly enacted districting map that governed its last election cycle on the eve of the commencement of the 2018 election cycle is not just practically disruptive, but represents a grave and irreparable sovereign injury", they wrote.

"Simply put, after taking months to issue an opinion adopting multiple entirely novel theories of partisan gerrymandering, the three-judge court has given the General Assembly just two weeks to draw a third congressional map, which is sufficiently unlikely to pass the court's muster that the court has already made a decision to have a special master draw a competing map", Strach said in his court filing.

So now lawmakers, meaning the Republicans in charge who are responsible for these ridiculous maps created to guarantee Republican seats in 10 of 13 congressional districts, will have until January 29 to come up with new maps to fix the partisan gerrymandering.

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#BREAKING: A federal court unanimously ruled that North Carolina's congressional districts are an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander.

A three-judge panel on the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina ruled Tuesday that the state's 2016 redistricting plan constituted an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander and said the state's districts need to be redrawn before the 2018 midterm elections. Candidate filing opens February 12 and runs through the end of the month.

It will be up to the nation's top court to sort out which ruling was right - or whether there's some wrinkle that makes them both valid.

"The ruling comes in cases filed by the League of Women Voters and Common Cause in North Carolina stemming from maps adopted in 2016 during a special legislative session". After all, Rep. David Lewis, a Harnett County Republican who has led redistricting efforts, said at one point the maps were drawn to give his party a big majority.

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But the process of court approval for any new maps is not scheduled to be finished until after the filing period is scheduled to start.

As long as there are five justices on the Supreme Court who believe partisan gerrymandering can be unconstitutional, she said there's no way North Carolina's plans could be considered constitutional. Currently, there are only three Democrats out of the state's 13 U.S. House seats.

Several times over the past three decades, primary elections were delayed either in whole or in part for district maps that had to be redrawn.

New maps were drawn after that and new elections held.

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Republicans initially approved district maps in 2011, but another three-judge panel struck down two districts five years later, identifying them as illegal racial gerrymanders. "Who knows what might happen".