A group of voters from throughout North Carolina have filed a lawsuit in federal court, alleging that the state’s legislative districts were racially gerrymandered in violation of the 14th Amendment. The lawsuit is only the latest legal action challenging a 2011 redistricting. Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court directed the N.C. Supreme Court to take another look at how the legislative districts were drawn. The state Supreme Court in December had ruled in favor of the current legislative districts in a lawsuit that was originally filed in Wake County Superior Court.
The U.S. Supreme Court said the state Supreme Court had to reconsider the case in light of a decision on a similar case from Alabama.
In the Alabama case, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled a lower court did not use the proper method in deciding whether districts there were racially gerrymandered.