WTF is going on with North Carolina’s voting map?


North Carolina has been in the headlines quite a bit recently. North Carolina’s congressional redistricting case is in the spotlight. A major decision by the nation’s highest
court. The Supreme Court ruled that North Carolina’s districts were unlawfully drawn to dilute the influence of black votes. Delay only thwarts justice. And Governor Roy Cooper has asked lawmakers to redraw the map. But what a lot of people don’t know is that
a bill was introduced back in February that would create an independent commission to
do just that. And the bill is going nowhere. HB200 creates standards for redistricting
that would in part by creating an commission that excludes
anyone who holds public office and their relatives. The bill specifies a district’s ideal shape
and population size, but most importantly, Right now North Carolina voters are pretty
even along party lines. But republicans have a super majority in both
the state house and senate. This bill would help North Carolina better
reflect its citizenry. It’s primary sponsors are republicans and
it’s received bipartisan support. We have to serve the people of North Carolina
and we must make sure they have full confidence in the integrity and fairness of our elections. It is so rewarding to me to be part of a bipartisan
group of North Carolina legislators who want to be part of crafting a bipartisan solution. And North Carolina’s citizens agree: 59%
of voters are in favor of nonpartisan redistricting. Only 15% are opposed. Despite this support, the bill has yet to
make it out of committee. And that might not be an accident. The committee is chaired by Rep. David Lewis,
who also chaired the 2011 committee that drew the very maps that the courts just ruled unconstitutional. The bill has been gathering dust for 3 months,
prompting North Carolinians to hold, “The People’s Hearing on HB200″ At stake is the very heart of our democracy, the rights of citizens to have their voices
heard through the ballot box. We have the right to vote and we have the
right to be counted in the election and counted equally. It’s time for this to stop. Listen to your constituents. And still, crickets from the committee… But the fact is, the map need to be redrawn. When, how and by whom is yet to be determined.

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