RALEIGH, NC — The N.C. General Assembly’s Joint Redistricting Committee met on Thursday to adopt criteria for redrawing 28 racially gerrymandered legislative districts.
During the three-hour hearing Committee leaders rejected proposed amendments that would have removed politics from the map-drawing process and adopted nine criteria — largely along party lines — including standards that neglect necessary race considerations and add partisanship into the creation of new voting districts.
In response, Democracy North Carolina and NAACP of North Carolina released a joint statement, in which executive director Bob Hall called the meeting a “charade” and demanded lawmakers “drop the act and show us their maps.”
“Today’s Redistricting Committee Meeting to determine criteria for redrawing racially-gerrymandered districts illustrated just how invulnerable the Republican leadership feels, and how far they’ll go to rig the system for partisan control,” said Bob Hall, Executive Director of Democracy North Carolina. “This charade approved previously struck-down standards for voting districts that rejects interests of voters of color and elevates partisan politics in the process. It also continues the pretense that N.C. House and Senate district maps aren’t already drawn by the GOP’s go-to gerrymanderer, Thomas Hofeller. For too long, this racist and partisan gerrymandering has diluted and manipulated the power of North Carolina voters and led to costly court battles. Nothing we saw today suggests these maps will be any different. We’re demanding these lawmakers drop the act and show us their maps.”