A state court ruled the state's gerrymandered Congressional district map violates the state's constitution.
But in the process, the three-judge panel noted, they left “a detailed record of both the partisan intent and the intended partisan effect of the 2016 congressional districts.”
That record was so extensive, the judges said, that it left little doubt that opponents of the map would be able to prove in a trial that it violated the State Constitution.
The North Carolina constitution has a clause protecting the right to vote and the courts are finding that it was not intended to be a mere formality.
Republican legislators did not immediately respond to the latest order. They could oppose a motion for summary judgment and, should it come, appeal it to the state Supreme Court. But the three-judge panel suggested on Monday that the Republican legislative leaders forgo legal arguments and use the same bipartisan map-drawing process employed to draft the new state legislative districts.
Those legislature maps were originally also heavily gerrymandered but were ruled unconstitutional by the same state court.
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