NC NAACP v. Lewis

Voting Rights

This case was a state court challenge to four Wake County House districts in North Carolina’s 2017 plan on the ground that they violate our state constitution’s prohibition against mid-decade redistricting. When lawmakers altered those districts as part of court-ordered redistricting to cure two racially gerrymandered districts in Wake County, they went beyond what the federal court directed and violated our state constitution.

A three-judge panel ruled that the House districts were unconstitutional and directed the General Assembly to adopt a remedial plan during the 2019 legislative session.  In February 2019, the legislative defendants filed a notice withdrawing their appeal of that ruling.