It took close to a year from the date of argument, but as expected by many the state Supreme Court today handed down its decision upholding the 2011 redistricting plan.
The justices voted along party lines in the 4-2 opinion in Dickson v. Rucho, with Justice Robert Edmunds writing the opinion for the majority.
Justices Cheri Beasley and Robin Hudson joined in dissent, holding that the case should go back to the three-judge panel that initially decided the case.
Justice Robert Hunter did not participate in the case.
The high court had not handed down any written decisions since August — with 37 cases pending for a ruling as of yesterday — but today caught up a bit with 22 opinions.
In Dickson, the majority found that the General Assembly was justified in using race to redraw the state’s congressional and legislative voting districts after the 2010 census, to the extent necessary to avoid liability under the Voting Rights Act. With respect to the 26 districts drawn for that purpose though, the state was obliged to narrowly tailor the redistricting. Read more