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Sep 3, 2018

Weekly Primer: North Carolina May Have To Redraw Its House Map Before Midterms

North Carolina lawmakers may have to redraw their illegally gerrymandered U.S. House map before November’s midterms, after a panel of federal judges ruled Monday that it was an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander. State Republicans had even bragged about the partisan advantage that the map — drawn after courts threw out a previous map for being a racial gerrymander — had given it them. It’s not clear whether the court and the lawmakers will be able to come up with a system for redrawing the map on such a short timeline. The U.S. Supreme Court may also get involved to give the legislators relief from the lower court’s decision. Meanwhile, it appears North Carolina Republicans are putting aside some of their anti-democracy antics, perhaps to help bolster their case that it’s too close to an election to make any changes to voting procedures. They dropped their appeal of a state court’s decision blocking a new GOP law that would have prevented a…

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