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.
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. This case is pending.
- 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).