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PROTECT OUR COURTS

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.

It’s time to take action in four easy steps: 

FIRST,

read up on the dangers of House Bill 717.

SECOND,

contact your Senators and ask them to oppose House Bill 717.

THIRD,

commit to help us end gerrymandering in North Carolina. Sign our petition today demanding fair legislative districts now!

 

Fair Voting Districts Now!

In an effort to make North Carolina's elections fair, reduce political divides, and stop racial gerrymandering (and the endless litigation that follows), Democracy North Carolina joins our coalition partners to support legislation that establishes an independent, fair and open process to create voting districts. Join us in calling for our lawmakers to support redistricting reform.

NORTH CAROLINA MAP STORIES

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.

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.”

JOIN THE FIGHT FOR FAIR MAPS! VOLUNTEER TODAY.

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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