Federal court rules on black voters’ challenge to Eastern North Carolina districts

Source: Raleigh News & Observer

“A federal appeals court on Thursday refused to block the Republican-crafted North Carolina Senate map from taking effect, which a lawsuit argues will dilute the voting power of Black residents. In a 97-page opinion, a three-judge panel of the 4th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals affirmed the decision of a lower court, which ruled in January against the two Black voters bringing the lawsuit. Judges Allison Rushing and J. Harvie Wilkinson III, both of whom were appointed by Republican presidents, wrote the majority opinion. In it, they note a longstanding legal precedent that ‘cautions courts against enjoining state election laws in the period close to an election.’