I am writing from North Carolina to ask for your help defending our right to vote by opposing Trump nominee Thomas Farr’s appointment to be a Federal Judge in the Eastern District of North Carolina. […]
The answers to some common questions about gerrymandering.
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?) )
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 a democracy, the people must be included, not excluded, from public discourse and legislative deliberations.
Here is the lowdown on NC’s JUNE 7 special election: After a bit of legal wrangling, North Carolinians can VOTE for a State Supreme Court Justice in a contested NC 2nd seat election and candidates to represent NC in the US House of Representatives. Get the 411 and get yourself to a polling place.