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Butterfield Responds to Supreme Court Ruling on Gerrymandered State Legislative Districts
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) today issued the following statement on the United States Supreme Court’s decision regarding North Carolina’s legislative districts:
“The Supreme Court’s ruling today completes the judicial appellate process for legislative redistricting. The Court has once again told North Carolina what I have long known to be true- that its history in making voting decisions is discriminatory. The General Assembly must fairly redraw legislative boundaries to protect the interests of minority voters. The Court again made clear that the state cannot use race as the predominant factor in drawing boundaries.
“The General Assembly is required by law to expedite the redrawing of legislative boundaries. The remaining question is whether the new legislative elections will take place this year. The people of North Carolina should not be required to wait until 2018 to live in a constitutionally drawn district and be represented by a legislator who is lawfully elected.
“The legislative elections should take place in the fall of 2017.”