Saturday, September 28, 2019
Another Challenge To Gerrymandering, Now in State Courts
Yesterday, the National Redistricting Foundation, on behalf of individual voters from across the 13 Congressional districts in North Carolina, filed a lawsuit in Wake Superior Court alleging that those 13 Congressional districts are also illegal partisan gerrymanders. The suit attempts to capitalize on the very recent case decided by a three-judge panel of state judges which led to the redrawing of some maps for NC General Assembly seats, both House and Senate.
Although the suit asks the court to order the redrawing of the Congressional district maps in time for the 2020 elections, some observers expressed doubt that enough time remains for a court to take additional action affecting the 2020 election calendar. Candidate filing to run in 2020 will open on December 2nd -- barely more than two months away -- and will end on December 20th.
That's a very tight window for courts to take on something as impactful as throwing out 13 Congressional district maps.
So, no, I don't have a lot of hope that this newest lawsuit is going to accomplish anything for the 2020 elections.