The National Democratic Redistricting Committee released the following statements in response to the Supreme Court’s ruling in the North Carolina Congressional gerrymandering case:
“This is a watershed moment in the fight to end racial gerrymandering,” said NDRC Chairman Eric Holder. “North Carolina’s maps were among the worst racial gerrymanders in the nation. Today’s ruling sends a stark message to legislatures and governors around the country: Racial gerrymandering is illegal and will be struck down in a court of law.”
“Today, the Supreme Court clearly struck down the blatantly racial gerrymander by the North Carolina legislature,” said NDRC Senior Advisor and General Counsel Marc Elias, who argued McCrory v. Harris in the Supreme Court in December. “This builds upon Supreme Court in December. “This builds upon Supreme Court precedent striking down racial gerrymandering in North Carolina and twice in Virginia. Based off this ruling, the National Democratic Redistricting Committee will aggressively pursue new cases to end similar illegal racial gerrymandering in other states.”
Holder, the former U.S. Attorney General, made voting rights a hallmark of his tenure as Attorney General. Elias, chair of Perkins Coie’s Political Law Practice, argued the case before the Supreme Court on December 5.