Plaintiffs in the case of Common Cause v. Lewis on Friday filed a petition with the NC Supreme Court asking the justices to immediately review the Superior Court’s approval of eight NC House districts that remain extreme partisan gerrymanders after the legislature’s court-ordered redraw. The districts in question are in two county groupings: Columbus-Pender-Robeson and Forsyth-Yadkin….
On Sept. 3, a panel of three judges in the Wake County Superior Court ruled unanimously in favor of plaintiffs in the case of Common Cause v. Lewis, finding that the Republican-controlled NC General Assembly violated the North Carolina Constitution when it gerrymandered the state’s legislative districts for partisan gain. The court ordered the legislature to redraw 56 NC House districts and 21 NC Senate districts following strict nonpartisan criteria and in full public view.
This week, the three-judge Wake County Superior Court panel accepted the legislature’s newly drawn districts. Today, Common Cause and other plaintiffs in the case filed a petition asking the NC Supreme Court to immediately review the Superior Court’s approval of eight of the legislature’s newly drawn NC House districts because they continue to be unconstitutional partisan gerrymanders. The districts in question are in two county groupings: Columbus-Pender-Robeson and Forsyth-Yadkin.