Court blocks use of gerrymandered NC congressional districts in 2020 election

In late September, Patterson Harkavy and Arnold & Porter filed suit on behalf of plaintiffs challenging North Carolina’s congressional districts as an extreme partisan gerrymander, designed to benefit Republicans at the expense of Democratic voters.

Today, a three judge panel issued a preliminary injunction finding that the plaintiffs were likely to succeed in the lawsuit. The Court granted a preliminary injunction prohibiting the State from using the gerrymandered districts in the 2020 elections.

When challenged districts were enacted, legislative leaders admitted that they were drawn to result in a congressional delegation of 10 Republicans and only three Democrats. With today’s ruling, we are one step closer to allowing North Carolina voters to determine freely who will represent them in Congress.

Click here to read a copy of the Court’s order.