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A Small Ray of Hope for Fair General Assembly Districts
Posted by Melissa Boughton on Progressive Pulse
A federal three-judge panel has ordered that a special master review and possibly redraw two state Senate and seven state House districts in a recent racial gerrymandering case.
In an order released Thursday afternoon, the panel wrote that their review of lawmakers’ remedial maps in North Carolina v. Covington and subsequent objections and argument led to concern that those districts “either fail to remedy the identified constitutional violation or are otherwise legally unacceptable.”
The Senate districts are 21, in Hoke County, and 28, in Guilford County. The House districts are 21, in Sampson and Wayne counties, 36, 37, 40, 41, in Wake County, 57, in Guilford County and 105 in Mecklenburg County.
The court has appointed Stanford Law School Professor Nathaniel Persily as special master. He has served previously as a court-appointed redistricting expert in a number of states, including New York, Maryland, Georgia, Connecticut and Puerto Rico.
Isn't creating a Congressional District to concentrate black voters racial gerrymandering?
No, it doesn't count if it is done to FAVOR minorities. It's only when a district has more minorities than they need to elect a Democrat. Any minorities in excess of the number needed to favor Dems must then be moved to other districts in order to help elect MORE Democrats.
Try to pay attention.
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