Alex Dietz

Document Type

Supreme Court Commentaries

Publication Date



Racial Gerrymandering; Discrimination; Redistricting; Voting Rights Act

Subject Category

Constitutional Law | Supreme Court of the United States


In McCrory v. Harris, the Supreme Court is faced with yet another redistricting case: Are the first and twelfth Congressional Districts in North Carolina the result of impermissible racial gerrymandering? The parties' dispute centers around two questions: In what circumstances is race the predominant factor in a state legislature's redistricting plan? And in what circumstances is the use of race as a predominant factor in redistricting plans an impermissible racial gerrymander? This Commentary will provide a summary and analysis of the arguments presented for the Court's review, and argue that both North Carolina Congressional Districts should be struck down as the product of impermissible racial gerrymanders.