Butterfield Statement on State Court’s Ruling Finding Legislative Districts Unconstitutional Political Gerrymanders
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman G. K. Butterfield issued the following statement after the North Carolina State Superior Court released an opinion finding North Carolina’s legislative districts to be political gerrymanders and in violation of the state’s Constitution:
“On June 27, 2019, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a dangerous decision when they ruled that partisan gerrymandering claims are beyond the reach of the federal courts. This decision put America’s democratic process at significant risk and placed the responsibility of protecting our elections in the hands of the state courts. I am encouraged by the North Carolina State Superior Court’s decision today to strike down the State’s legislative districts as unconstitutional partisan gerrymanders.
“The three-judge panel made its decision based on the undisputed fact that the Republican General Assembly deliberately manipulated legislative districts to provide a political advantage to Republican candidates, said Butterfield. The Court concluded that no witness denied that the plans were intentional and effective partisan gerrymanders. The Chairman of the Redistricting Committee admitted that the boundaries were drawn for a partisan political advantage. I call on the General Assembly to convene and release new maps that will be fair and balanced.”
Rep. David Lewis, Chair, North Carolina House Committee on Redistricting:
“I think electing Republicans is better than electing Democrats,” said Republican state Rep. Lewis, who led the redistricting effort. “I propose that we draw the maps to give a partisan advantage to 10 Republicans and 3 Democrats because I do not believe it’s possible to draw a map with 11 Republicans and 2 Democrats.” -Lewis (2/16/2016)
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