Supreme Court strikes down North Carolina congressional district maps
The Supreme Court struck down two congressional district maps in North Carolina Monday, holding that the state had engaged in an unconstitutional gerrymander.
The ruling is a victory for the black North Carolina voters who had argued the plans packed African-Americans in districts that already had a high percentage of African-Americans, thus diluting their presence in other districts.
Two districts were at issue and the court split differently on its votes. The vote was 8-0 to strike down the District 1 map, and 5-3 to strike down the District 12 map.