One significant basis for a legal challenge will focus on the Republican hyper-gerrymandering that split many precincts, sometimes between more than two voting districts.
The splitting of precincts apparently led to a computer glitch in the Republican redistricting maps that came to light only hours before the DOJ pre-clearance was announced. In their zeal to insure their dominance of the state's General Assembly (which involved, among other maneuvers, a direct attack on several strong Democratic women incumbents), they drew new maps which flummoxed their computer software. Omitted from the maps were some 200 sections of the state involving thousands of voters who were simply left out.
The computer error affected 52 of the 170 NC House districts, 22 of the 50 NC Senate districts and two of the 13 US congressional districts. The error also created, according to Gary D. Robertson, 20 legislative districts "in which each district isn't entirely physically connected, which would run counter to the state constitution's requirement that they 'at all times consist of contiguous territory.' "
Naturally, the Republican leaders in the Clown College are passing all of this off as something akin to showing up at work with mismatched socks, easily fixed. In fact, they now have something to work on when they reconvene next week (the press had been wondering why they scheduled a day of work at the Capitol for early November).
We predict drama on Jones Street.