Posts Tagged ‘redistricting’

A Possible Unexpected Result of the Supreme Court’s Voting Rights Decision

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

Many commentators saw the United States Supreme Court’s June decision in Shelby County, Ala., v. Holder, ___ US ___, 133 SCt 2612, eliminating the preclearance requirement of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, as a significant setback for African American voters. In at least one area of the law, however, the consequences of Shelby […]

Did the Legislature Redistrict in the Wrong Year? A Footnote

Monday, March 5th, 2012

A short while ago I wrote about the state constitutional provisions on redistricting, noting the argument that for decades North Carolina might have been drawing legislative districts at the wrong time. The state constitution can be read to say that the General Assembly should have waited until the 2013 session to redistrict rather than going […]

Did the Legislature Redistrict in the Wrong Year?

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

North Carolina has a proud 30-year history of almost continuous litigation over legislative and congressional redistricting, described here. The lawsuits for our new decade have started and previous roles have been reversed. Republicans used to complain about maps drawn by Democrats. Now Democrats are objecting to Republican plans. The Democrats and other plaintiffs in their […]