By Nick Givas
A panel of judges rejected North Carolina’s congressional map Tuesday, deeming it unconstitutional for the setup of its districts.
This is the first time a federal court has negated a congressional map because it was gerrymandered with political intent, The New York Times reports. The state legislature has been ordered to go back and redraw the district lines before the upcoming midterm elections in November.
Judge James A. Wynn, an Obama appointee who wrote the opinion, said the state GOP had tried to “subordinate” non-Republican voters and believed they were “motivated by invidious partisan intent,” according to The Times.
State lawmakers have been given a deadline of January 24th to come up with a new map, but if they fail to do so, the court can step in and redraw the districts for them, The Times reports.