North Carolina voters must play an active role in redistricting reform if we are to have fair maps in North Carolina. The only path for redistricting reform goes through the North Carolina state legislature – which means NC voters must demand fair districts from candidates and representatives.
North Carolina has had gerrymandered voting districts maps held to be unconstitutional since 2011. And today the Supreme Court again had nothing to say about it.
( ( But hey – why should the Supreme Court care? It is just our basic constitutional rights, civil liberties and ability to have fair elections at stake! So what if our state legislature want to spray hog feces on us and run over us with cars?) )
What should I say to my North Carolina state legislator about Fair Voting Districts? Explaining why having Fair Voting Districts is important to you in your own words will be the most meaningful. Knowing how […]
The current extremist super-majority in the North Carolina General Assembly has systematically attacked fair elections to the point that the state legislature no longer represents the will of the people of North Carolina. These unpatriotic attacks on American Democracy have resulted in multiple court cases, costing North Carolina taxpayers millions of dollars. We need fair elections, including making the process of drawing electoral maps impartial and transparent, so that the North Carolina government is of, by and for the people.
North Carolina is an oligarchy disguised as a representative democracy. Gerrymandering gives the illusion that the people in control have popular support. The party drawing the map can design the districts so that their party will almost always win, even if fewer people vote for them. The NC legislature has rigged the game so that they will always win, no matter how much North Carolina looses.
North Carolina’s “monster” voting law imposed a number of voting restrictions and was struck down by the US 4th Cir. Court of Appeals, which held that the law was “enacted with racially discriminatory intent in violation of the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment and § 2 of the Voting Rights Act”. Ousted former NC governor McCrory appealed it to the US Supreme Court a few days before he left office.
In 2011, the NC GOP used a high-priced private consultant and sophisticated software to draw North Carolina’s electoral districts to suit themselves. There are now at least five ongoing cases based on North Carolina’s electoral district maps. The two NC gerrymandering cases with actions currently pending before SCOTUS are “Harris v. McCrory” and “Covington v. North Carolina”.
By the power invested in me as a person with a keyboard and internet connection, I hereby declare that January 20, 2017 is “Fund Freedom Friday”!
In a democracy, the people must be included, not excluded, from public discourse and legislative deliberations.
North Carolinians voted overwhelmingly to elect Mike Morgan to NC State Supreme Court. Now we are hearing again that the North Carolina General Assembly and Ex-Governor may deliberately undermine North Carolinians by adding two new Governor-appointed Judges to the State Supreme Court.