Bloomberg Law
Sept. 15, 2020, 3:21 PM

Court Rejects NAACP Challenge to Gerrymandered Legislator Power

Andrew M. Ballard
Andrew M. Ballard
Staff Correspondent

A gerrymandered North Carolina General Assembly still has the power to propose changes to the state Constitution, an appeals court ruled Tuesday.

The legislature’s authority wasn’t limited even though federal courts found that its members were elected from districts that were illegally drawn based on race, the state Court of Appeals decided. The ruling overturned a lower court’s finding that the General Assembly in 2018 didn’t have the authority to send voters constitutional amendments seeking to require voter identification and impose an income tax cap.

Voters approved both changes to the Constitution.

“If there was a loss of popular ...

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