North Carolina Supreme Court strikes down General Assembly redistricting maps
RALEIGH, NC (WWAY) — The North Carolina Supreme Court has struck down new district lines approved by the General Assembly that would have affected the 2022 election.
The court ruled 4-3 that the cards were unconstitutional.
“A healthy democracy requires free elections and the Supreme Court of North Carolina is right to order a reshuffle of unconstitutional precincts,” Governor Roy Cooper tweeted. “There is still work to be done and any legislative overhaul must reflect the full intent of this decision.”
Under state law, lawmakers now have two weeks to propose new cards.
“Under our constitution, political power must be ‘invested in and derived from the people,’ and our government must be based solely on their will,” Attorney General Josh Stein tweeted. “Our elected leaders flout this principle when they seek to perpetuate their power beyond the will of the voters. Our government. must be of, by and for the people, and not of, by and for a political party. This is why voters should choose their representatives, not the other way around. Partisan gerrymandering is offensive to democracy; it is also contrary to our fundamental constitutional rights.
The judges made no mention of the North Carolina primary, which means that for now, the primary remains on May 17.