North Carolina won’t have to redraw congressional district lines before the 2020 elections following a Supreme Court decision delivered Thursday morning.
In the 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court ruled they cannot judge partisan gerrymandering, overturning a lower court ruling that the North Carolina Republican-lead legislature’s drawing of some U.S. House of Representative districts is unconstitutional. The district lines were drawn to increase the weight of Republican voters and decrease that of Democratic voters.
The court also considered a case of gerrymandering in Maryland, which has a democratic majority in the House, in the same decision.
Racial gerrymandering, which is different than partisan gerrymandering, is still considered unconstitutional.
In the court’s majority opinion, Chief Justice John Roberts wrote that the handling of challenges to partisan gerrymandering should be left up to state legislatures or Congress.