The Fayetteville Observer on Thursday offers a clear call for redistricting reform in North Carolina after this week’s ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court upheld Arizona’s independent commission.
The editorial rightly notes the unfortunately truth that “lawsuits against redistricting are a North Carolina tradition” and “redistricting has always been done for political advantage, no matter which party was in charge.”
“That’s why 63 members of the N.C. House have endorsed an initiative to move redistricting out of the General Assembly and give it to a nonpartisan commission,” according to the Fayetteville Observer. “The supporters are bipartisan, joined by former Govs. Jim Hunt, a Democrat, and Jim Martin, a Republican. Rep. Paul Stam, the Republican House speaker pro tem, has led efforts for the commission in the House.”
We hope lawmakers will heed the call of the Fayetteville Observer editorial board, along with so many others in North Carolina supporting common-sense redistricting reform, and help us end gerrymandering in our state.Read More