State of North Carolina

North Carolina Legislative Redistricting Process

North Carolina NAACP v. Berger

Lawsuit filed on behalf of North Carolina State Conference of the NAACP, Common Cause and voters challenging the North Carolina Legislature’s map-drawing process for new state House and Senate maps following the release of 2020 census data. The complaint alleges that the Legislature has failed to consider any racial data or racially-polarized voting data to draw new legislative districts, which the plaintiffs argue have led to proposed plans that will dilute the voting power of Black voters. The complaint argues that the use of “race-blind redistricting criteria” violates both the state and U.S. Constitution and asks the court to issue an injunction requiring the Legislature to adhere to the state’s redistricting criteria. The complaint argues that it is seeking relief now, as opposed to when new maps are passed, due to fast-approaching election deadlines and the need for court intervention before the next election cycle. At a preliminary injunction hearing, trial court judge denied the plaintiffs’ request to push back the 2022 legislative elections and order the Legislature to properly draw maps. The plaintiffs appealed this decision, asking the North Carolina Supreme Court to take over the case in order expedite the litigation.

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