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The Supreme Court, which was extremely active in address overlapping issues of racial redistricting and minority representation during the 1990s, will return to the issue by examining North Carolina's maps, AP reports. This is, of course, yet another issue on which Sandra Day O'Connor had held the swing vote.
The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday it will consider whether legislative and congressional districts designed to help minority candidates win office must do so by containing a majority of minority voters.
The case could decide the fate of so-called "influence" districts, drawn in North Carolina and some other states following the 2000 census with minority populations largely between 40 and 50 percent.
Coincidentally, the House district in question is occupied by Rep. Thomas Wright, awaiting expulsion on corruption charges.
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