Entries by Dustin Chicurel-Bayard

Plaintiffs Quick to Seek Relief in State Court after U.S. Supreme Court Action

RALEIGH, N.C. – Plaintiffs in a state court redistricting challenge have asked a three-judge panel in Wake County Superior Court to order new districts into effect that comply with the North Carolina Constitution.  The motion comes less than 24 hours after the U.S. Supreme Court ordered that districts drawn by a Special Master that remedy racially […]

U.S. Supreme Court Orders into Effect Fixes for Racially Gerrymandered Districts for 2018 Election

Puts hold on some of the Special Master’s districts related to state constitutional violations WASHINGTON, D.C. – This evening the U.S. Supreme Court refused to block a district court’s order that remedied racially gerrymandered districts that were first enacted in the state’s 2011 redistricting plan and would have been perpetuated by the legislature’s 2017 plan. […]

Court Orders Special Master’s Recommended Districts Incorporated into State Legislative Redistricting Plan to Correct Constitutional Flaws

Court-ordered maps are now law GREENSBORO, N.C. – A panel of three federal court judges has issued a unanimous order that incorporates the recommendations of the court-appointed Special Master, Dr. Nathan Persily, into North Carolina’s state legislative districts.  The Dr. Persily was asked to alter nine state legislative districts after the Court identified that the 2017 […]

Supreme Court Grants North Carolina’s Application to Delay Redrawing of Electoral Maps, Putting Fair Elections in North Carolina in Jeopardy For 2018 Election

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Supreme Court said North Carolina does not have to redraw its congressional voting maps by January 29, as a federal district court ordered on January 9 when it struck down the 2016 map as an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander. Campaign Legal Center (CLC) and the Southern Coalition for Social Justice (SCSJ) represent the League […]

Filed: Request for U.S. Supreme Court to allow congressional redistricting to move forward

On Wednesday, January 17, the Southern Coalition for Social Justice filed plaintiffs’ response to the emergency stay application to the U.S. Supreme Court, on behalf of the League of Women Voters of NC.  The response we just filed with the court can be found at http://bit.ly/LWVOpposition Feel free to read the brief in full, but here […]

Analysis of N.C. Judicial Redistricting Proposal Finds Racial and Partisan Biases

DURHAM, N.C. – A white paper released today by the Southern Coalition for Social Justice documents some of the racial and partisan biases infecting the most recent judicial redistricting plan presented by a state legislative committee.  Draft judicial districts unveiled in the December meeting of the Senate Select Committee on Judicial Reform and Redistricting covered […]

Virginia NAACP argues that election administration error harmed black voters

RICHMOND, Va. – The Virginia State Conference NAACP submitted an amicus brief today with the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in support of an emergency appeal filed in the House District 28 election case, arguing that a failure to call for a new election would harm voters of color.  Hundreds of voters in Virginia’s House […]

SCSJ files petition where local election certification is unlawfully overturned

WINTERVILLE, N.C. – Mr. Ricky Hines won a seat on the Winterville Town Council in November’s election.  However, at the urging of the staff of the N.C. State Board of Elections staff, the Pitt County Board of Elections uncertified the election results and ordered that incumbent John Hill retain his seat despite losing the election […]

Dr. Kareem Crayton Hired as Interim Director for the Southern Coalition for Social Justice

DURHAM, N.C. – The Board of Directors for the Southern Coalition for Social Justice (SCSJ) has hired Kareem Crayton, J.D., Ph.D. to serve as the interim executive director as the organization conducts a search for a full-time director.  Anita Earls, the organization’s current executive director and founder, is stepping down from her position at the […]