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Wake Co. Court Rules That Constitutional Amendments Should Not Have Been on NC Ballots

The court ruled that the legislature does not adequately represent the state's interests because of the gerrymandering issue that has not been solved.

RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina's gerrymandering situation has taken another turn. 

Today, a Wake County court ruled that the General Assembly did not have the legal authority to put constitutional amendments on the ballot last fall. 

As a result, the court voided two of those amendments - the voter ID requirement and state income tax cap. 

The court said the legislature doesn't adequately represent the state's interests since the district line situation hasn't been solved. 

You may remember, there were six amendments on the ballot. 

Right now, only these two amendments have been voided, that's according to the Southern Environment Law Center's Lead Attorney Kym Hunter - they are the ones who filed suit. 

"We represent the NAACP and what the U.S. Supreme Court had found is that our legislature had deliberately packed African American voters into illegally segregated voting districts to diminish their power and diminish their voice and that was illegal," Hunter said.

Senate Leader Phil Berger calls the decision 'absurd.' 

He sent out the following statement:

“We are duty-bound to appeal this absurd decision. The prospect of invalidating 18 months of laws is the definition of chaos and confusion. Based on tonight’s opinion and others over the past several years, it appears the idea of judicial restraint has completely left the state of North Carolina.”

Click here to read the full court ruling.