Thursday, January 11, 2018

Gerrymandering Congressional Districts In North Carolina

What? Partisan politics by Republicans? In North Carolina? Can it be?

Indeed it can. According to an article at Esquire by Charlie Pierce, entitled "We're at a Crossroads in Our Democracy":
In 2016, when the state’s House of Representatives was debating the new map, Representative David Lewis, who ran the North Carolina House’s redistricting effort, said plainly:

“I acknowledge freely that this would be a political gerrymander, which is not against the law…I think electing Republicans is better than electing Democrats. So I drew this map to help foster what I think is better for the country.”
But the other day the law was struck down by a North Carolina court. A quote from the decision:
“A partisan gerrymander that is intended to and likely has the effect of entrenching a political party in power undermines the ability of voters to effect change when they see legislative action as infringing on their rights. We agree with Plaintiffs that a wealth of evidence proves the General Assembly’s intent to ‘subordinate’ the interests of non-Republican voters and ‘entrench’ Republican domination of the state’s congressional delegation.”
Back to you, Art Pope.


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