Another Big Win for Voting Rights Activists. In a huge win for victory for voting rights advocates, the Supreme Court struck down the maps of two congressional districts maps in North Carolina and ruled that the Republican controlled legislature of North Carolina drew them in an unconstitutional and race based way.
Even Associate Justice Clarence Thomas joined the majority opinion which was written by Elena Kagan.
The Charlotte Observer wrote, “the Rev. William J. Barber II, head of the state NAACP which helped bring the lawsuit in the case, said the ruling highlights what he contends has been a pattern in the General Assembly since Republicans gained control of both chambers in 2011.
“Once again with this victory the courts have said that the NC General Assembly through apartheid-type redistricting engaged in systemic racism and cheated to win elections,” Barber said in a statement. “Over and over again our unconstitutionally constituted General Assembly is being proven to be the antithesis of justice, true democracy and the fundamental principles of equality.”