Supreme Court takes no action in NC partisan gerrymandering case

Supreme Court takes no action in NC partisan gerrymandering case

By Geoff West   
The Supreme Court has neither accepted nor rejected a case about bipartisan political gerrymandering in North Carolina. The case had been scheduled to be considered on Friday. It is possible the court will take up the case later in the term. (Courtesy: Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University School of Law)

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has temporarily punted a decision over whether to take up a case involving partisan gerrymandering in North Carolina.

On Friday, the justices were scheduled to meet behind closed doors to discuss an appeal filed by voting rights groups in North Carolina who challenged the state’s 2016 congressional maps, claiming they were unconstitutionally drawn by Republican lawmakers to suppress statewide gains by Democrats.

The case, Rucho v. Common Cause, was one of dozens of cases scheduled for review Friday by the justices. On Monday, however, it was absent from the court’s list of accepted and rejected cases stemming from its Friday conference.

It’s unclear why: The court offered no explanation. But it’s possible the justices may consider picking up the case again later this term, perhaps after the justices reconvene in early January.

Last term, the court failed to issue a ruling over the constitutionality of partisan gerrymandering in a case involving Wisconsin’s congressional map. The court voted unanimously to send the case back to a lower court over a technicality but left open the possibility of reviewing the issue again.

In November, the court agreed to hear a case involving racial gerrymandering in Virginia but has so far not taken up partisan gerrymandering this term.

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