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Ruling Requires Map Be Redrawn Before 2018 Election

Multiple state and national media outlets are reporting that a North Carolina federal court struck down the state’s GOP drawn congressional map Tuesday saying the districts result in partisan gerrymandering.

The three judge panel ruled that state Republicans drew excessively partisan districts when previously ordered to redraw the state’s congressional map.

“Having concluded that the 2016 Plan violates the Equal Protection Clause, the First Amendment and Article I of the Constitution, we now must determine the appropriate remedy,” the court wrote in its opinion.

The court ordered the state to ensure that no further elections are conducted under the 2016 map and to redraw the map before the 2018 midterm elections.