Common Cause, the North Carolina Democratic Party, and a group of North Carolina voters filed a lawsuit, Common Cause v. Rucho, raising partisan gerrymandering allegations over the state’s 2016 remedial congressional map.
A group of Wisconsin residents who are Democratic voters challenged Wisconsin’s 2011 state assembly redistricting plan as an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander violating the First and Fourteenth Amendments. A three-judge panel ruled in favor of the plaintiffs and ordered a remedial map to be drawn for the 2018 elections.
Harris v. Cooper is an appeal to the Supreme Court of a three-judge panel’s decision to reject a claim that the remedial congressional adopted by North Carolina’s legislature was a partisan gerrymander. In February, a three-judge panel in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina struck down the General Assembly’s 2011 congressional map because the court found that the map was an unconstitutional racial gerrymander. Although the court directed the legislature to modify the congressional districts, the plaintiffs contend that the 2016 remedial map drawn by the legislature resulted in an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander.