Supreme Court Rejects Two Black-Majority N.C. Districts
The Supreme Court ruled Monday that North Carolina unconstitutionally used race to draw two congressional districts with substantial increases of black voters, in a voting rights case that could influence how states can consider race when redistricting.
The justices found that a lower court correctly decided that state lawmakers used race as the predominant factor in significantly altering the 1st and 12th congressional districts, held by Democratic Reps. G.K. Butterfield and Alma Adams, respectively, both African-Americans.
The court was unanimous on the 1st District held by Butterfield, but split 5-3 on the 12th District over whether the challengers had …