The North Carolina Supreme Court struck down GOP redistricting maps, ordering Republicans to produce new voting maps.
“In a 4-3 decision, all four Democrats on the state’s highest court voted to strike down the proposed maps. The court ordered Republicans to submit new voting maps by 5:00 p.m. on February 18. The maps must be shown to the three-judge panel that initially approved the first maps. The lower court must then approve the proposed maps by noon February 23,” reports Breitbart News.
“The maps the court struck down Friday evening would have given the GOP a 10-14 advantage on North Carolina’s House seats for the next decade. The court’s three Republican justices dissented and would have allowed the maps to stand,” reports Breitbart News.
“Republican Chief Justice Paul Newby believed the court lacked the power to override the legislature’s proposed maps, making it an issue of separation of powers. Newby wrote that the court’s decision ‘violates separation of powers by effectively placing responsibility for redistricting with the judicial branch, not the legislative branch as expressly provided in our constitution,'” reported Breitbart News.
“Unless and until the people alter the law to either limit or prohibit the practice of partisan gerrymandering, this Court is without any satisfactory or manageable legal standard and thus must refuse to resolve such a claim,” Newby said in the statement.
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