Date on which a panel of federal judges threw out the congressional district maps North Carolina's Republican-led legislature approved in 2011, finding the 1st and 12th were drawn in such a way that "traditional redistricting principles were subordinated to race": 2/5/2016

Number of weeks the the court gave North Carolina lawmakers to draw new maps, a decision now under appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court: 2

Number of absentee ballots that have already been completed and returned in advance of the March 15 primary: hundreds

Month in which North Carolina lawmakers, with Gov. Pat McCrory's (R) approval, moved the state's primary from May to March to give the state a bigger role in the presidential race, despite warnings more time was needed to adjust to other recent election changes including new voter ID requirements: 9/2015

Under the previous maps drawn in 2001 by a Democratic-controlled legislature, number of North Carolina congressional districts with majority-black voting age populations: 0

Number of these majority-black voting districts under the Republican maps, leading to claims that the new maps packed black voters into segregated districts and weakened their influence elsewhere: 2

In North Carolina's 2014 congressional elections, percent breakdown between Republican voters and Democratic voters: 55-44

Following that election, because of the way voting lines were drawn, breakdown between Republican- vs. Democrat-held congressional seats: 10-3

In another case involving charges of racial gerrymandering, year in which the U.S. Supreme Court sent Alabama's Republican-drawn congressional maps back to the lower court, which has asked the plaintiffs to draw an alternative map: 2015

Percent of the voting-age population that was black in the contested Alabama districts: over 70

In the contested North Carolina districts: just over 50

Date on which the U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear another racial gerrymandering case, this one out of Virginia: 3/21/2016

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