Politics & Government

A short history of the court battles over NC congressional districts

Redistricting chairman Rep. David Lewis explains proposed redistricting maps during a redistricting committee meeting Feb. 17, 2016.
Redistricting chairman Rep. David Lewis explains proposed redistricting maps during a redistricting committee meeting Feb. 17, 2016. tlong@newsobserver.com

The congressional districts that North Carolina lawmakers drew following the 2010 U.S. Census have been embroiled in legal disputes almost since the day they were unveiled.

Republican lawmakers were accused of racial gerrymandering, and then after they redrew the lines, they were accused of illegal partisan gerrymandering. Federal court decisions supported both allegations, but the legal fights aren’t over. Here’s a timeline of what has happened in the court battles so far.

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