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19 unconstitutional laws passed under the cloud of a racial gerrymander

For six 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. 

19 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 access to abortion care or passing 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 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

Congressional Districts

 

2011

US Supreme Court as unconstitutional racial gerrymanders

Congressional Districts

 

2016

Federal panels as unconstitutional partisan gerrymanders in January 2018 and August 2018

Legislative Districts

 

2011

US Supreme Court as unconstitutional racial gerrymanders

Election/Ethics Board Reform

S4

2016

Three-judge Superior Court Panel; ruling upheld by State Supreme Court

Elections/Ethics Board Reforms

H90

2017

Three-judge panel struck down portion dealing with appointment process

Voter ID

H589

2013

Fourth Circuit (7/16); affirmed by US Supreme Court

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

Stopped NCAE Dues check off

S727

2012

Superior Court Judge 12/12

Career status for teachers

S402

2013

State Supreme Court

Wake County Board of Education

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 

Ballot Labels for Judicial Elections

 S3

2018

NC Court of Appeals

Sore Loser Law

S486

2018

US District Court Judge