As the 2016 U.S. presidential election quickly approaches, the topics and controversies surrounding voter ID laws and voting districts are naturally more salient. State Congressional and Senate redistricting plans have long since come under harsh scrutiny due to the likelihood of encroachment upon rights conferred by the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution. Earlier this month, a three judge panel ruled that the North Carolina 2011 Redistricting Plan’s heavy reliance upon race amounted to racial gerrymandering in violation of the Voting Rights Act of 1985. The court held that avoiding a violation of §2 of the Voting Rights Act was not a compelling state interest and therefore could not justify race–based districting. To read Lindsey Catlett’s article regarding the recent ruling, click here. For more information surrounding North Carolina’s legislative districting visit this link.