Federal Court: North Carolina May Use Gerrymandered Map in November Elections

A panel of judges in the District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina has ruled that the state will be allowed to use its current electoral map for the November elections, despite having declared it an unconstitutional gerrymander last week, NPR reports. The judges wrote in their order that forcing the state to hastily redraw maps prior to November would “unduly interfere with the State’s electoral machinery and likely confuse voters and depress turnout.” Voting rights advocacy groups that challenged the map agreed with the court’s decision, saying they would rather voters use the current, unconstitutional map than risk depressing turnout.
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