(TargetLiberty.org) – On Monday, a group of Latino and Black voters filed a lawsuit in North Carolina against the congressional districts that were drawn in the new map, arguing that the new lines were discriminatory against minority voters.
The suit was filed against many election officials and state lawmakers in a U.S. District Court where they claimed that the new congressional maps were erasing any gains that minority voters had managed to get in the 2020 and 2022 election cycles. The plaintiffs further pointed out that North Carolina had managed to get another congressional district as a result of the 2020 census where the minority population of the state appeared to have increased. However, lawmakers with the new map were choosing to remove the power of this group.
As they point out in the lawsuit instead of choosing to have more representation in the state for minority voters, the General Assembly has instead selected to capitalize on the gain in order to increase the voting power of people of color in the state.
The lawsuit also noted that the map is in violation of the 14th Amendment which provides protection to all citizens, and the 15th Amendment which gives all U.S. citizens, including citizens of color the right to vote.
The new congressional maps being targeted in the lawsuit were approved in October by the Republican-led state Legislature. The new maps could potentially lead to 10 of the 14 U.S. House Districts in the state being won by the GOP in the next election.
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