North Carolina Democratic Party and 37 Individual Voters v North Carolina’s gerrymander


Arnold & Porter represented the plaintiffs.

A panel of three judges – two Democratic and one Republican – in the Wake County Superior Court unanimously struck down North Carolina’s state legislative maps as unconstitutional partisan gerrymanders. The court further ordered that the North Carolina General Assembly has until September 18, 2019 redraw the maps, applying strict nonpartisan criteria and in full public view.

In November 2018, Common Cause, the North Carolina Democratic Party, and 37 individual North Carolina voters sued North Carolina’s legislative leaders over the partisan gerrymandering of legislative maps for both chambers of the North Carolina General Assembly. The lawsuit, which was filed in the Wake County Superior Court, challenged the 2017 redistricting plans as violating the North Carolina Constitution and sought to establish new, fair state House and state Senate maps for the 2020 elections.

On September 3, 2019, the court concluded in a 357-page decision that the maps violate the North Carolina Constitution’s clauses guaranteeing free elections, equal protection under the law, and freedom of speech and assembly.

The Arnold & Porter team was led by partners Stanton Jones (Picture) and Elisabeth Theodore and senior associate Daniel Jacobson. The team also included senior counsels Christopher J. Dodd and David Gersch; senior associates William Perdue and John Robinson; and associates Sam Callahan, John Cella, Sara D’Amico, Kaitlin Konkel, and Jacob Zionce.

Involved fees earner: Sam Callahan – Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP; John Cella – Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP; Sara D’Amico – Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP; Christopher Dodd – Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP; David Gersch – Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP; Daniel Jacobson – Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP; Stanton Jones – Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP; Kaitlin Konkel – Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP; William Perdue – Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP; John Robinson – Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP; Elisabeth Theodore – Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP; Jacob Zionce – Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP;

Law Firms: Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP;

Clients: North Carolina Democratic Party;

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Author: Ambrogio Visconti