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Posted by on May 14, 2014

New Coalition to push for ending Gerrymandering in North Carolina

Bi-partisan effort led by two former mayors

A new coalition is being created to take  on the challenge of ending gerrymandering in North Carolina.

The coalition, North Carolinians to End Gerrymandering Now, is being led by former Charlotte Mayor Richard Vinroot, a Republican and former  Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker, a Democrat.  The coalition will  work to bring a nonpartisan redistricting process to North Carolina. The mayors agree that ending gerrymandering  will not only be good for North Carolina but  good for both political parties.

“Ending gerrymandering will ensure that no party out of power is marginalized without a voice, said Vinroot. “Taking politics out of the process will be an insurance policy for both parties.”

“North Carolina can create a 21st century redistricting process that creates fair districts that are compact and competitive,” said Meeker. “Ending gerrymandering will help boost public confidence in our government.”

The mayors’ first step in building the new coalition will be sending a joint letter to municipal leaders asking for  their support.

“We believe local leaders understand that ending gerrymandering will be good for North Carolina and that their support will help the legislature understand it’s the right thing to do.” said Vinroot.

Meeker added “Local elected officials have a good sense of what their constituents want.  By encouraging the NC General Assembly to set up a nonpartisan redistricting system, they will be a voice for the thousands of North Carolinians who want this change.”
North Carolinians who want to join the campaign to get a nonpartisan, data driven redistricting system in our state can go to www.endgerrymanderingnow.org to sign up or get more information.

They can also call 919-833-0092 or email the coalition’s staff at j.pinsky@nclobbyreform.org.

 

Why North Carolina must end gerrymandering

  • In November 2014, 46% of the North Carolina legislative seats are uncontested.
  • In 2012, , 91% of the North Carolina House seats were won by double digit margins.
  • In 2012, 86% of the North Carolina Senate seats were won by double digit margins.
  • In 2012, 10 of 13 North Carolina Congressional districts were won by double digit margins.
  • In 2012, the margins of victory for 3 of 4 Democratic Congressional victors exceeded 50 points.
  • Since 1981, there have been 27 judicial redistricting interventions.
  • In 1992, Republicans won 50% of the vote for the North Carolina Senate but claimed only 30% of the seats .
  • In 2012, Democrats won 50% of the vote for North Carolina’s congressional seats but claimed only 30% of the seats .
  • Legislative support for redistricting reform
  • 54% of all current North Carolina legislators have either sponsored or voted for redistricting reform.