Court Rules 5-3 Against North Carolina's Extreme Racial Gerrymandering
In a 5-3 decision released today, the Supreme Court found that North Carolina's legislature violated the Constitution in drawing lines for two congressional districts in the state. (Justice Gorsuch was not on the bench when arguments were heard, so he couldn't participate in the ruling.) The Court found that the North Carolina legislature relied too heavily on race in drawing the district lines in its attempt to dilute voting power for certain constituencies in the state. Of course, that's no surprise based on previous court findings and deplorable actions by this legislature.
This is effectively a placeholder until further action on the next round of redistricting in 2021. But at least district lines for the 2018 and 2020 election cycles will be less extreme than they otherwise might have been.