Judicial Gerrymandering? The Voting Rights Act, Judicial Elections, and RedistrictingMay 2, 2018
01:00 PM – 02:00 PMEvent Location:ACS Webinar,
Details:In recent weeks, the North Carolina General Assembly has proposed redrawing the map of the state’s District and Superior courts. Analysis of one proposed new map found it to be a racial and partisan gerrymander, with significant population deviations. The changes would “double-bunk” incumbent judges, reducing the number of judges of color in the state.
With that context in mind, this call will provide an overview of Voting Rights Act jurisprudence as it relates to judicial elections. It will also cover the status of recent litigation challenging judicial districts under the VRA, such as Terrebonne Parish NAACP v. Jindal, and Alabama NAACP v. Alabama. Finally, the call will discuss the importance of a diverse judiciary and independent state courts, and how judicial redistricting can promote or undermine those aims.
Leah Aden, Senior Counsel, NAACP-LDF
Kareem Crayton, Executive Director, Southern Coalition for Social Justice
Ezra Rosenberg, Co-Director, Voting Rights Project, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law