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The North Carolina General Assembly’s January 2018 special session promises more efforts to rig the system from political bullies inside the legislature working for their own partisan interests. This time the focus is our courts — with a bill (House Bill 717) to severely gerrymander judicial district lines, which will undermine the independence of our courts and force North Carolina’s judges to become more partisan. The House has already approved the bill. Next year, the Senate will consider it.
It’s time to demand your Senators stand up against judicial gerrymandering, oppose House Bill 717, and protect our courts.
read up on the dangers of House Bill 717.
contact your Senators and ask them to oppose House Bill 717.
commit to help us end gerrymandering in North Carolina. Sign our petition today demanding fair legislative districts now!
On August 22, North Carolinians from all across the state made their voices heard against the dangers of legislative gerrymandering. These are some of their stories.
There are plenty of ways to get involved with the movement for redistricting reform today — all in your spare time!
Join the hundreds of North Carolinians who have already signed on in support of fair maps.
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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