U.S. Supreme Court tosses Republican-drawn North Carolina voting districts

U.S. Supreme Court tosses Republican-drawn North Carolina voting districtsBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled that Republicans in North Carolina unlawfully took race into consideration when drawing congressional district boundaries, concentrating black voters in an improper bid to diminish their overall political clout. The justices upheld a lower court’s February 2016 ruling that threw out two majority-black U.S. House of Representatives districts because Republican lawmakers improperly used race as a factor when redrawing the legislative map after the 2010 census. “The North Carolina Republican legislature tried to rig congressional elections by drawing unconstitutional districts that discriminated against African-Americans and that’s wrong,” North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper, a Democrat took office in January, said in a statement.



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