NC’s partisan gerrymandering case, Common Cause vs Rucho, saw some movement this week. While any progression towards a solution is good, it is clear that a resolution by SCOTUS for one of the nation’s most important gerrymandering cases is still a long time away. It’s beyond belief that North Carolinians will now go through four election cycles since these maps were originally created in 2011, with multiple courts declaring them unconstitutional.
Much of this will depend on whether SCOTUS proceeds with its current 8 member bench or waits until a 9th Justice is appointed. And we all know which way that decision would most likely swing. Let’s just hope that we can finally have #FairMaps in NC in time for the 2020 election, when a brand new decade of redistricting starts with new census data fresh on the books. With NC’s population growth, we could add 1 to 2 additional Congressional Reps in DC, which could help swing the balance in Congress. We need to be sure to elect leaders in 2018 and 2020 who support an independent redistricting process.
Michael Lee with the Brennan Center for Justice breaks down what has happened so far and what is likely to happen next. (Tweet thread summarized for clarity)
Partisan gerrymandering returns to SCOTUS today (10/01/18) as the North Carolina legislative defendants are due to file their jurisdiction statement asking the Justices to hear the case.
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