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14 unconstitutional laws passed under the cloud of a racial gerrymander

For five years now, Republican majorities in the North Carolina legislature have been elected under maps that have been found to violate the Constitutional rights of North Carolinians. The nation’s highest court – including a Justice appointed by President Donald Trump - found these legislators’ actions discriminatory yet they treat this news like another round of a child’s game. We have seen why fair and nondiscriminatory representation is important time and again. 

Fourteen times, laws enacted by this unconstitutional General Assembly have been found unconstitutional. Laws that have rigged the system and earned North Carolina headlines for all the wrong reasons.

Whether it’s restricting women’s access to health care or the worst voter suppression law in the country, these unconscionable actions by the Republican led General Assembly have hurt every citizen of this state. In their decision striking down the voter suppression law, the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals called out North Carolina Republicans for targeting black voters “with almost surgical precision.” When will it end? 

From the State Supreme Court to the Fourth Circuit and all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, courts have not been fooled by the actions of North Carolina Republicans who have enacted laws under the cloud of a racial gerrymander. The cases range from the drawing of district maps to coal ash to defunding Planned Parenthood to Elections and Ethics Reform, taking power away from the Governor. In each instance, the rulings have been clear that the partisan power grabs are wrong and they must end. 

Case/Short Name

Bill Number

Passage Date

Struck Down By

Legislative/Congressional Districts

 

2011

US Supreme Court

Election/Ethics Reform

S4

2016

Three-judge Superior Court Panel

Voter ID

H589

2013

Fourth Circuit (7/16)

Coal Ash Commission

S786/S729

2016

State Supreme Court

Judicial Retention Elections

H222

2015

Struck down by three-judge superior court panel, Supreme Court split 3-3, leaving in place lower court ruling

NCAE Dues

S727

2012

Superior Court Judge 12/12

Career status for teachers

S402

2013

State Supreme Court

Wake County BOE

S325

2013

Fourth Circuit (7/16)

Wake County Commissioners Redistricting

S181

2015

Fourth Circuit (7/16)

Greensboro City Council Redistricting

H263

2015

Federal Middle District (4/17)

Women’s Right to Know Act

H854

2011

Fourth Circuit 12/2015

Planned Parenthood defunding

Budget

2011

Federal Middle District

Asheville Water

H488

2013

State Supreme Court

Forced Annexation

S27/H56/H845

2011

Wake County Judge 2012