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Two federal judges deal partisan gerrymandering a huge blow
- Two federal judges ruled North Carolina’s congressional districts unconstitutional on Tuesday night because they gave one party an advantage (a practice known as partisan gerrymandering). [NYT / Alan Blinder and Michael Wines]
- The ruling is a blow to North Carolina Republicans, who redrew the state’s voting districts after a 2016 special legislative session. The judges ruled that Republicans had redrawn the maps to their political advantage, which they found was a violation of the Constitution. [Charlotte Observer / Anne Blythe]
- The ruling marks the first time a federal court has ruled that partisan gerrymandering of congressional districts is unconstitutional — a question that’s currently before the Supreme Court. [Vox / Dylan Matthews]
- If you’re wondering how gerrymandering works, consider this. In the 2016 elections, Republicans won just over half of the statewide popular vote, but they still managed to capture 10 out of 13 congressional seats. [Washington Post / Christopher Ingraham]
- Congressional redistricting usually takes place every 10 years to reflect population changes. Typically, state legislatures are the one in charge, and partisan gerrymandering happens when districts are redrawn to benefit a particular political party. [Vox / Andrew Prokop]
- Now that the ruling has been issued, the state must redraw its maps in a fair manner, with a three-week deadline. That means a Read More Here