…from the Hill…
A North Carolina court on Tuesday struck down the state’s current legislative districts for violating the rights of Democratic voters, forcing districts to be withdrawn ahead of the 2020 election.
The three-judge panel’s opinion says that North Carolina’s General Assembly “had a partisan intent to create legislative districts that perpetuated a Republican-controlled” assembly when drawing maps in 2017.
The redistricting saw the “collective voting strength” of Democrats diluted, resulting in a map that greatly favored Republican candidates.
The court, which consists of two Democrats and one Republican, gave the General Assembly until Sept. 18 to issue remedial maps. The drawing of those maps will be required to occur at public hearings, with “relevant computer screen visible to legislators and public observers.”
The GOP leader in the Senate said his party did not plan to challenge the decision, according to a report in the Raleigh News and Observer…..