“The Supreme Court may have knocked out the best-known challenge to existing congressional districts in a number of states on Monday, but maps still remain in flux for 2016 in three important, large battleground states: Florida, North Carolina and Virginia.”
In Florida, the GOP-controlled Legislature was already forced to redraw the map last summer, after groups linked to Democrats sued under the Fair Districts amendments. The new map, which made slight tweaks to the districts represented by” Reps. Corrine Brown (D-FL 05) and Rep. Daniel Webster (R-FL 10), “was passed last August — too late for the 2014 elections — and is scheduled to take effect next year. But the same groups who sued to overturn the first map are challenging the tweaked version, too — arguing the Legislature’s changes don’t go far enough.”
In Virginia, a district court ruled that Republicans packed too many minorities into Rep. Bobby Scott’s (D-VA 03) district and gave the legislature until Sept. 1 to redraw the lines, which could affect Reps. Scott Rigell’s (R-VA 02) and Randy Forbes’s (R-VA 04) districts. Republicans have pledged to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.
The North Carolina Supreme Court will hear arguments on Aug. 31 about a similar gerrymandering case regarding Rep. Alma Adams’s (D-NC 12) district. (Politico)