11 January 2022
The Incorporation of the Free Speech Clause and the Equal Protection Clause to the North Carolina Constitution of 1971 Was Not Intended to Bring About a Fundamental Change to the Power of the General Assembly ................................................... [...] The NCLCV Plaintiffs’ Complaint alleges that the 2021 districting plans for Congress, the North Carolina Senate, and the North Carolina House of Representatives violate the North Carolina Constitution by establishing severe partisan gerrymanders in violation of the Free Elections Clause, Art. [...] Following each decennial census, the North Carolina General Assembly must redraw the districts for the North Carolina House of Representatives, the North Carolina Senate, and the North Carolina Congressional map. [...] Reno, and through the series of cases at the early part of this century, and the cases in the last redistricting cycle, North Carolina has basically been the state with the chin out before the Supreme Court to get our redistricting plans struck down. [...] In response, Defendant Daniel expressed the view that prior case law in North Carolina did not require the use of racial data: Just as Senator Newton explained at the beginning of the meeting, in the event that evidence is presented to the committee that there’s racially polarized voting in North Carolina then that might be something the committee would need to address.