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PUBLIC HEARING ON NEW NCGA MAPS

Hearing Time + Remote Locations | Guidelines for Speakers | Tips for Speakers 

In August 2016, a three-judge panel ruled that 28 of the 170 N.C. House and Senate districts were drawn to segregate and weaken the power of African-American voters; they were illegal “racial gerrymanders.” Republican lawmakers appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, but it agreed with the panel. On August 1, 2017, that panel gave legislators a new deadline: present redrawn district maps to the judges by September 1 for use in the 2018 legislative election.

Public Hearing — Tuesday, Aug. 22, at 4 p.m.

Legislators will release preliminary maps soon and hold a public hearing at 4 PM on August 22 in several locations to receive comments. You can attend (and sign up to speak) at any location; speakers will be tele-cast so people can see each other from the different locations.

Per the Joint Redistricting Committee, public hearing locations are:

Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute (Caldwell County)
Building B, Room 104
2855 Hickory Blvd., Hudson, NC 28638
RSVP and let us know you’ll stand with us.

Central Piedmont Community College (Mecklenburg County)
Hall Building, Rooms 215/216
1112 Charlottetowne Ave., Charlotte, NC 28204
RSVP and let us know you’ll stand with us.

Fayetteville Technical Community College (Cumberland County)
General Classroom Building (GCB), Room 108
2817 Fort Bragg Rd.,  Fayetteville, NC 28303
RSVP and let us know you’ll stand with us.

Guilford Technical Community College (Guilford County)
Medline Campus Center, Room 360
601 E Main St., Jamestown, NC 27282
RSVP and let us know you’ll stand with us.

Halifax Community College (Halifax County)
Building 100, Room 108
100 College Dr., Weldon, NC 27890
RSVP and let us know you’ll stand with us.

Legislative Office Building (Wake County)
Room 643, 300 N Salisbury St., Raleigh, NC 27603
RSVP and let us know you’ll stand with us.

Beaufort Community College (Beaufort County)
Building 9, Room 953
5337 US Hwy. 264 East, Washington, NC 27889
RSVP and let us know you’ll stand with us. 

Share the full list of events at demnc.co/hearings.

Public Comment Guidelines:

Per the Joint Redistricting Committee, guidelines for public speakers are as follows:

1. Speakers need to sign up on the “Speaker Sheet” in order to speak.

2. Speakers will have up to 3 minutes for presentation to the Committee.

3. Registration for speaking will begin at 3 pm at each hearing site, and will close at 6:30 p.m.

4. Speakers will be called according to the order of registration.

5. If a speaker is not present when called, the speaker will be skipped at that time. Time permitting at the end of all registered speakers, those skipped will be allowed to speak.

6. The presiding chair, at the chair’s discretion, may change these guidelines.

Public Hearing Testimony – 3 minutes — Sign up at 3 p.m.

We’re providing a handy guide with four themes to emphasize at public hearings (or through comments submitted online). Share the themes or concerns most important to you, politely, in your own words. You only have three (3) minutes to speak — about one page, double-spaced.

 

Tips for Redistricting Public Hearing Speakers

Download a handy guide with four themes to emphasize at public hearings on redistricting — all that you can put into your own words as we stand together to fight for fair maps!

You can also email feedback to:

Written comments can be mailed to:

Redistricting
300 N. Salisbury Street, Suite 545
Raleigh, NC 27603-5925

Legislative Redistricting Online Request for Comments

The NCGA is taking your public input on fair maps. Can't make the hearings? Fight back against gerrymandering through this online forum.

TELL THE NCGA: “SHOW ME THE MAPS”

On July 26, a federal court ordered the N.C. General Assembly to redraw racially-gerrymandered legislative districts by at least September 1. While lawmakers argued that they needed more time, we know:

  • lawmakers have already had a year to get the maps done and new maps are finished, but have not been revealed; and
  • it makes sense to have public comment *after* the public sees the new maps, giving us a chance to respond to them.

Democracy NC is encouraging North Carolinians to call on the co-leaders of the legislature’s redistricting committee — Sen. Ralph Hise and Rep. David Lewis — to let us see the maps and analyze them before any public hearing.

Tell the NCGA: Show Me The Maps

We've made it easy to make your voice heard and demand to see the legislative maps lawmakers have already drawn before public hearings.

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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