North Carolina's 'partisan gerrymander' could prompt supreme court action

Bombshell ruling commands Republican-led state to draw electoral maps fair to Democratic voters and fuels expectations highest court will soon set new standard

The last time North Carolina Republicans redrew the state’s 13 congressional districts, they made absolutely no secret of their ambition to rig the system and lock in a 10-3 balance in their favour – regardless of whether they or the Democrats won a majority of the votes in future elections.

“I think electing Republicans is better than electing Democrats,” bragged the chair of the redistricting committee in the state general assembly, David Lewis. “So I drew this map to help foster what I think is better for the country.”

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