Partick McCrory and A. Grant Whitney, Jr. v. David Harris and Christine Bowser

Docket No. 15-1262


In 2011, the North Carolina General Assembly drew a new congressional redistricting map to ensure that North Carolina’s congressional districts would comply with the one-person, one-vote requirement in the wake of the 2010 census.  Shortly thereafter, several organizations brought suit in state court challenging two of those districts as unconstitutional racial gerrymanders.  The state court rejected their claims in full, concluding that the General Assembly drew one district based on political, not racial, considerations, and that it drew the other in a manner narrowly tailored to achieve the State’s compelling interest in complying with the Voting Rights Act. Dissatisfied with that result, two members of one of the plaintiff organizations brought this suit challenging the same two districts on the same grounds.  The parties even submitted the state court record in full.  Without even acknowledging the direct conflict with the state court case that its decision produced, the district court reached precisely the opposite conclusion.   

The question presented is: 

Whether the First and Twelfth Districts of North Carolina’s 2011 congressional redistricting plan are unconstitutional racial gerrymanders.

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