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There are 3 important actions you can take now in the fight for Fair Maps:

In August 2017, hundreds of North Carolinians called the proposed legislative districts a travesty. At public hearings held at the same time in seven cities, they demanded that lawmakers stop creating partisan and racially biased districts. Speaker after speaker also criticized the redistricting process, which included legislators holding back the maps until just before the hearings and then holding the hearings in small rooms with poor sound systems.

FIRST,

The N.C. General Assembly has rammed through more bad maps. It’s our turn to push back by taking this important fight to their districts. Get involved with our September “Days of Action” as we host events statewide to fight against gerrymandering and for fair maps in North Carolina.

SECOND,

If you attended the public hearing on August 22, and found the process frustrating or disrespectful, please share your story so Democracy North Carolina can include it in a brief we are filing with the Federal Judges overseeing the redistricting process. Lawmakers promised the Court that they needed time for “robust” public hearings — we need to let the Court know they broke that promise.

THIRD,

Read and sign the petition in support of Fair Maps, if you have not already done so.

 

Redistricting Core Messages

The push for redistricting reform inside the legislature and in our communities requires an understanding of what's at stake with bad maps and a bad process. Download our core messages surrounding new voting maps.

NORTH CAROLINA’s MAP STORIES

On August 22, hundreds of North Carolinians called the proposed legislative districts a travesty. We’re collecting your reactions to the redistricting process so we can include them in an official brief we are filing with the Federal Judges at demnc.co/mapstory.

Rev. Cardes Brown: "No Hope" Process Will Be Fair

Chair of the Greensboro NAACP, Rev. Cardes Brown shares that because lawmakers have a long history of gerrymandering voters, he has "no hope that this [latest round of districts] will come out in a way that is fair and represents the will of the people."

Janice Siebert: My Lawmakers "Don't Listen to Me."

Janice Siebert shares the "cost of gerrymandering" in heartfelt public comment during a local hearing in Jamestown, North Carolina. "My representative and Senator don't listen to me — because they don't have to," says Seibert.

Linda Sutton: "Voters are Sick and Tired"

Linda Sutton of Winston-Salem shares her displeasure with new legislative maps at a public hearing on redistricting in Jamestown, North Carolina. "The voters are sick and tired of being sick and tired of being disenfranchised," says Sutton.

Bob Hall: Process Has Been "Disrespectful"

Democracy NC Executive Director Bob Hall comments on the "disrespectful" public hearing process and shares a new report showing the true impact of partisan gerrymandering on 2017 legislative maps — and how current configurations create “an enormous Republican edge.”

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Why does redistricting matter?

Our representatives in local, state, and federal government set the rules by which we live. In ways large and small, they affect the taxes we pay, the food we eat, the air we breathe, the ways in which we make each other safer and more secure.

Periodically, we hold elections to make sure that these representatives continue to listen to us. All of our legislators in state government, many of our legislators in local government, and most of our legislators in Congress are elected from districts, which divide a state and its voters into geographical territories. In most of these districts, all of the voters are ultimately represented by the candidate who wins the most votes in the district.

The way that voters are grouped into districts therefore has an enormous influence on who our representatives are, and what policies they fight for. For example, a district composed mostly of farmers is likely to elect a representative who will fight for farmers’ interests, but a district composed mostly of city dwellers may elect a representative with different priorities. Similarly, districts drawn with large populations of the same race, or ethnicity, or language, or political party are more likely to elect representatives with the same characteristics.

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