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Redistricting plans upheld

In a unanimous decision, the 3-judge panel considering the legality of the 2010 redistricting plans has upheld those plans, finding:

In considering all of the factors regarding traditional redistricting principles,including the claim of excessive split precincts, the trial court cannot conclude, as a matter of law, that (1) the failure to comport with “traditional redistricting principles,” standing alone, renders the Enacted Plans unlawful under the North Carolina or United States constitutions, (2) that, even if such a cause of action exists, that the Enacted Plans deviate from traditional redistricting principles by any meaningful justiciable measure or (3) that a violation of any cognizable equal protection rights of any North Carolina citizens, or groups thereof, will result.

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4 Comments


  1. Doug

    July 8, 2013 at 10:40 am

    Things in NC keep getting better and better. It is good to be able to now move forward.

  2. George Greene

    July 8, 2013 at 11:46 am

    They’re a bunch of blatant liars. The splitting of the counties is (state-)unconstitutional ON ITS FACE — that does NOT EVEN HAVE ANYthing to do with TRADITIONAL ANYthing!
    Of course, it is not even possible to draw the lines without splitting ANY counties, but given that it was THE REPUBLICANS THEMSELVES who insisted that counties not be split, for them to do something that splits this many this unnecessarily is beyond endurable.

  3. George Greene

    July 8, 2013 at 11:48 am

    Equal protection rights DO NOT NEED to be “cognizable”. Equal protection MEANS WHAT IT SAYS, REGARDLESS OF WHETHER ANY *PRIOR* court was or was not too ignorant to be cognizANT of that.
    There was a federal precedent alleging that gay marriage did not involve any cognizable equal protection issue (because it did not involve any substantive federal question AT ALL). The fact that some court in the past was not cognizant of something does NOT imply that it is not NOW cognizABLE, by anyone WITH half a brain!!

  4. Doug

    July 8, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    So George, in the past there were no counties/precincts etc split? That does not make sense as even a when the liberals drew the lines they had to take into account a lot of demographics. I have been voting in NC for quite some time at different precincts across the state, and each time I have voted I notice there are varying ballots at every precinct for state legislature and US elections.

    I am sure it has also been a long time since we have had none of the 100 counties split in an election. If that were the case, rural/urban representation would be badly skewed with little room for having a relatively equal number of people in each district.

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