The League of Women Voters believes responsibility for redistricting preferably should be vested in an independent special commission, with membership that reflects the diversity of the unit of government, including citizens at large, representatives of public interest groups, and members of minority groups.
Eno River Unitarian Universalize Fellowship
4907 Garrett Road
Durham, NC 27707
The purpose of this meeting is to bring Leaguers up to date on what has happened this summer, in the legislature and in the League, and to encourage participation in the projects planned for this fall. Jennifer Bremer will update us on the status of special legislative redistricting and educate us on the complexities of the message that we need to convey to elected officials and the public as we advocate for fair maps.
This meeting is geared toward League members, but, as always, non members are welcome.
The Follow-the-Money Research Project is being directed by Jennifer Bremer as the leader of the LWV-NC Fair Elections Action Team. The tasks are to identify contributors and supporters of Republican legislators; invite these contributors and supporters to become part of a coalition to talk with legislators about reform; and work with the coalition to produce reform.
Speakers Bureau Project. The State League has produced a Power Point that is available to all local Leagues to serve a basis for a presentation. This project will research diverse groups to speak to and will make presentations to these groups. Suzana Dancy and Becky Winders will lead this group.
Members of the Fair Elections Action Team participated in several activities over the past month.
- Four ODC members of the GA Lobbying Team attended the end-of-year review of the team's work on redistricting.
- Jennifer Bremer gave an informal talk on the status of redistricting reform at the monthly Orange County happy hour
- Mary Russel Roberson reported on her legislative activity to the Durham Unit.
- Several ODC members participated in the two meetings/hearings held by the NCGA's joint House and Senate redistricting committees in preparation for the upcoming Covington partial redistricting.
On May 22, 2017, the US Supreme Court affirmed a lower court ruling that the NC General Assembly had in 2011 racially gerrymandered two Congressional districts.
Statement from the North Carolina Coalition for Lobbying and Government Reform
"These two lawsuits are among more than forty instances where a court has had to intervene in NC redistricting since 1980. North Carolina needs to change the way it does redistricting. We need a nonpartisan process that allows citizens to decide who represents them, not one that permits legislators to choose who their voters will be."
It is time for the NC General Assembly to act after decades of doing nothing. House Bill 200, and its companion bill Senate Bill 209, would establish a fair and nonpartisan system that eliminates party politics and political deal making. This legislation puts voters back into game and ends the decades of expensive litigation.
LWVNC will be hosting this event focused on the need for nonpartisan redistricting reform. Featured speaker will be J. Walker Smith of Kantar Futures, who will talk about the path toward finding common ground (from a marketing perspective). Republican and Democrat co-sponsors of HB200/S209 (Non Partisan Redistricting) will be invited to educate attendees about this bill.
Doors open at 7:00 p.m. with complimentary appetizers and a cash bar. The program will begin promptly at 7:30 p.m.
We invite all League members who are interested in Redistricting Reform to attend to review the background of this issue and plan the League's future actions.
If HB200 & SB209 are not signed into law during in this legislative session, the LWVNC Fair Elections League Action Team will explore and evaluate possible alternatives to those two companion bills that might, perhaps, more adequately serve our diverse populations.
Subsequently, the North Carolina Republican legislators appealed this order of the federal judges to the US Supreme Court. See update on US Supreme Court action above.
- On January 10, 2017, the US Supreme Court blocked the November 2016 order of the federal judges. This ruling puts everything on hold while the Supreme Court considers the appeal (of whether the district court was correct to order special elections for 2017).