SCOTUS Sends North Carolina Partisan Gerrymandering Case Back to District Court

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The U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. Photo by Mark Thomas

The U.S. Supreme Court sent North Carolina’s partisan gerrymandering challenge, Rucho v. League of Women Voters of North Carolina, back to a federal district court today for further analysis in light of the Whitford decision. Campaign Legal Center and the Southern Coalition for Social Justice represent the League of Women Voters of North Carolina and individual plaintiffs in the case which has been combined with a parallel partisan gerrymandering challenge, Rucho v. Common Cause.

The decision to remand the case comes a week after the Supreme Court remanded two other partisan gerrymandering cases, including CLC's case out of Wisconsin, Gill v. Whitford

We hope to get these cases back before the U.S. Supreme Court next term, in time for fair districts for 2020.

Americans overwhelmingly support the Supreme Court stepping in to end partisan gerrymandering, and that door is still open. The justices have returned the partisan gerrymander challenges from North Carolina, Wisconsin and Maryland to the lower courts with a clear road map of what they expect to see presented, and CLC plans to follow their guidance.