Another tactic pushed by ALEC and their Republican legislative beneficiaries was that of re-drawing Congressional districts that were designed to limit the influence of voters who fit the Democratic demographic. North Carolina's Rethuglican officials set about re-drawing districts in their state shortly after the Supreme Court's action on the Voting Rights Act (which was specifically aimed at historically discriminatory southern states). The objective was to pack African-American voters into as few districts as possible, in order to diminish their overall impact on elections. It appeared as though their plan to maintain themselves in power was succeeding until last Friday, when a three-judge Federal panel ruled that the State's gerrymandered districts violated the Constitution, and ordered the State of North Carolina to change the districts so as not to constitute racially segregated districts.
Whether the State will appeal to the Supreme Court remains to be seen, but they only have until February 19 to comply with the order.