Partisan gerrymandering returns to SCOTUS today as the North Carolina legislative defendants are due to file their jurisdiction statement asking the Justices to hear the case. We’ll post it here 👇when it is available: brennancenter.org/legal-work/com…#fairmaps#ncpol 1/
What ordinarily happens next under the Supreme Court rules is that the plaintiffs have 30 days (until Nov 1) file a motion asking SCOTUS to decide the case without oral argument. The plaintiffs could waive the right to file such a motion, but that’s rare. #fairmaps#ncpol 3/
BREAKING: Federal court rules that plaintiffs in North Carolina partisan gerrymandering case have standing to pursue claims (with one exception) and affirms earlier ruling that congressional map is unconstitutional. brennancenter.org/sites/default/…#fairmaps 1/
Decision is 2-1, with Judge Osteen dissenting. Majority opinion runs to 294 pages. #fairmaps 2/
Court says it has not yet decided whether to give the North Carolina legislature the opportunity to attempt to redraw congressional map, but says that if the NC lege wants to redraw map it needs to finish process by 9/17 at 5 p.m. #fairmaps 3/
OK, so here we go…tweet storm forthcoming regarding the 300+ opinion that still holds NC partisan gerrymandering as illegal, and that this time, the plaintiff’s have met the Gill burden of having standing as being in a district that is in question:
With standing, the issue of the partisan gerrymandering by NC Republicans is in violation of the U.S. Constitution’s Article I, the 1st Amendment, and the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment:
Not sure why this isn’t a bigger story. Cite for me a bigger power grab than passing a constitutional amendment that creates a loophole that allows the majority party to circumvent any governor’s veto at will. #ncpol
We interrupt our county-by-county coverage of NC's contending Early Voting plans for a brief explainer regarding why you should care about this arcane inside-baseball topic.
By law, NC's process for planning its Early Voting is a hyper-partisan crazy-quilt.... #ncpol
Each of the state's 100 counties has its own semi-independent County Board of Elections (CBOE), comprising 2 Democratic and 2 Republican political appointees. These boards' single most important responsibility is to plan their counties' early voting for each election.
A co's "Early Voting Plan" specifies: (1) how many voting sites; (2) where they're located; and (3) their open days & hrs. Plenty of oppty here to bake in #VoterSuppression by keeping polls out of disfavored neighborhoods, or closed during convenient voting hrs & days.
As we prepare to load the 2018 county Early Voting plans' data into our Early Voting Evaluator (insight-us.org/eve_1/eve.html), we'll post some quick takes here re: the 15 contested plans to be decided by the State Board of Elections. First up, Durham's competing plans: #ncpol
Unlike the cash-strapped counties that have to cut their Early Voting sites (see the graph) to pay for @NCGOP legislators' unfunded mandate that increases the cost of operating Early Voting sites, affluent Durham looks set to substantially increase its site numbers.
Durham's majority plan (1 D and 1 R) would bump Early Voting sites from 2014's 4 to 6 this Nov., & the minority plan (by 1 R) would up it even further, to 7 sites. Both include sites at Duke & NCCU (missing in 2014). Both plans offer > 4x the total site-hours of 2014.
The surprise session on constitutional amendments *now also includes* a bill to retroactively change election rules in order to help the GOP win a state Supreme Court election. It makes one of two R's run as Unaffiliated.
Two Republicans and one Democrat are running for the state Supreme Court. This would retroactively change the rules in a way that would result in one of the Republicans (the non-incumbent) being listed as Unaffiliated.
This bill became public within the last 90 minutes and has already passed through committee. I'm now being called to the floor to vote on it. They are going to steamroll this.
Proposed #ncga House Committee Substitute for SB325 (unrelated to the earlier version) ncleg.net/documentsites/… makes major #ncpol early voting changes. Bill is calendared for House Rules for 10 am. Drops early voting to 10 days from 17. More ..... /1
This amends the statute that was voided by federal court making it harder to compare with what it would have been this year and 2020 without this bill. More ..... /2 #ncpol
Early voting will be 10 days rather than 17 but final Saturday eliminated and starts on a Wednesday. Thus maximum of one Saturday and one Sunday versus three Saturdays and two Sundays under current law. /3 #ncpol
All right, the NC Senate is in session. HB 933--which would endanger people with pre-existing conditions--is on the agenda but not yet being discussed. We'll keep you posted. You can also listen in online at ncleg.net#ncpol#ncga#ProtectOurCare
Don't mind our silence... the NC Senate is discussing other bills at the moment, but the anti-preexisting conditions House Bill 933 is on the agenda and will be voted on fairly soon. #ncga#ncpol#ProtectOurCare
The harmful H.B. 933 to let new health insurers discriminate against people with pre-existing conditions, against older adults, and against women is now on the floor. #ncga#ncpol
A tweet storm on the notion that a photo ID is either necessary or mandated by law for all sorts of things. #ncpol /1 .....
You need a photo ID to fly (Pat McCrory bill signing video when he signed 2013 voter ID bill. NOT TRUE. TSA has lots of workarounds for those without government photo ID, see FOX NEWS story: google.com/amp/www.foxnew… /2 #ncpol
“You have to have by law a photo ID to buy alcohol or cigarettes.” NOT TRUE. If merchant requires a photo ID they have a safe harbor if it’s phony. But no law requiring it /3 .....
UPDATE: Legislative leadership just invoked the nuclear option with respect to the budget. 1/8 #ncpol
For the first time in modern history, it appears our budget will be passed as a conference report instead of a regular bill. Why does this matter? Because a conference report gets to skip the committee process and isn't subject to any amendments. 2/8
That means that whenever we see the budget - and it's still being written behind closed doors - it's essentially final. And we're hearing the budget vote will be as soon as next week, so without having seen a single line of it, it's basically done. 3/8
In House Dist. 6, we have Tess Judge. A successful business owner and community leader, Tess is running to support the children and families that live along our central coast. #ncga#ncpol#120DistrictStrategy
BREAKING: SCOTUS partially stays new North Carolina legislative maps. Thomas & Alito would have stayed in entirety. Ginsburg & Sotomayor would denied stay in entirety. #ncpol#fairmaps 1/
Stay by SCOTUS is as to special master's revision of state house districts in Wake & Mecklenburg counties. #ncpol#fairmaps 2/
The issue in Wake & Mecklenburg counties was that the NC legislature altered districts that were not found to be racial gerrymanders or that abutted districts that were racial gerrymanders. #ncpol#fairmaps 3/
NC Republicans had passed this power grab shortly after GOP Gov. Pat McCrory lost reelection in 2016, costing the GOP its majority. A new Democratic majority could reverse McCrory's voter suppression like cuts to early voting & polling place closures in black neighborhoods #NCpol
Today's ruling marks the *second* time that North Carolina state courts have deemed the GOP legislature's effort to usurp control over the state Board of Elections to be unconstitutional. The GOP's initial law got thrown out earlier in 2017 #NCpol
Tonight on #ElectionTwitter, since NC may re-re-redistrict it's Cong. districts, we're gonna be looking back at the Congressional map that was in place from 2002 to 2010. #ncpol#ncga
Why this map? 1) It was drawn by Dems, and represents something of a best-case for them and 2) I've always liked this map, and usually end up breaking statewide races down under its lines, anyway. #ncpol#ncga
The 2001 Congressional map held up pretty well for Democrats. For example, they went into the red wave of 2010 holding 8 of 13 seats. They lost the House popular vote by 9% in NC, but of their seats, only #NC02 flipped R, and only barely. #ncpol