FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Feb. 2, 2021
Raleigh, N.C. (Feb. 2, 2022) — The Southern Coalition for Social Justice provided oral arguments before the N.C. Supreme Court today in the state’s consolidated redistricting case, Harper et. al v. Hall et al. During the 45 minutes allotted, appellants challenged the enacted state House, state Senate, and Congressional maps as extreme partisan gerrymanders in violation of the North Carolina Constitution.
Speaking on behalf of plaintiff Common Cause, Southern Coalition for Social Justice Co-Executive Director and Chief Counsel for Voting Rights Allison Riggs alleged lawmakers’ maps were enacted with discriminatory racial intent in a redistricting process that violated North Carolina Constitutional requirements, as interpreted by the Court in the 2002 and 2003 Stephenson v. Bartlett decisions.
“The legislative majority acted to entrench itself, firewalled from losing power even if voter preferences dramatically changed, and [they] accomplished this in part by targeting Black [crossover] districts in Eastern North Carolina,” Riggs said during oral arguments.
“What this court needs to do…is vindicate that Black voters [cannot] be targeted in order to advance a partisan gerrymander. And to be clear, this legislature could not have as extreme a partisan gerrymander had Black districts in Eastern North Carolina not been attacked.”
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