U.S. Supreme Court makes final ruling on N.C. district maps for voting

U.S. Supreme Court makes final ruling on N.C. district maps for voting
Published: Mar. 7, 2022 at 8:53 PM EST
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WASHINGTON D.C. (WECT) - The United States Supreme Court has rejected plans by the GOP to stop court-ordered voting district maps in North Carolina.

The congressional maps to be used in the primaries and the general election appear to favor Democrats.

North Carolina State Representative Deb Butler (D-New Hanover) is pleased that the people of North Carolina will be more fairly represented in the next election.

“The Courts have agreed that unfair gerrymandered maps are a threat to the fabric of democracy,” said Butler. “As the Chief Democratic Whip in the NC House, I am pleased that the voice of the people will be more fairly reflected in the next election. Those who manipulated the maps to keep themselves in power should be ashamed of themselves. Today is a good day for the people of North Carolina.”

Butler said republicans who were behind “manipulating the maps” should be ashamed of themselves.

“Gerrymandering is wrong. Democrats have done it. Republicans have done it, and we must put an end to it,” said Butler. “We need an independent commission to draw these districts moving forward. I will vote for that and I have supported it for many years now because I understand that is an important part of preserving our democracy. So, this is a banner day for the voter.”

Senate Leader Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) released the following statement regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision denying the appeal of the court-imposed Congressional map:

We are disappointed in the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision allowing elections under a Congressional map drawn by the conflict-ridden special masters to continue. While we’re focusing on the 2022 elections, we will continue to evaluate this decision and next steps in this case.

Whether Democrat or Republican, Butler believes this is a victory for all voters.

“The voter should be very excited about this because the North Carolina courts, the Supreme Court the Appelate Courts — all of them — Republicans and Democrats alike have said enough — enough of that,” said Butler. “It’s time to let the will of the people be heard. That’s a great thing.”

According to a report by WRAL, under the new voting map, Republicans are expected to win seven congressional seats, while Democrats would win six. An additional Raleigh-area congressional seat is likely a toss-up. North Carolina is nearly evenly divided along party lines.

This ongoing legal battle has majorly delayed state candidate filing and the primaries that were originally supposed to happen March 8.

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