Fair Districts NC Resumes Gerrymandering Forums

The Fair Districts NC Coalition is resuming its presentations on gerrymandering in key counties represented by Republican state legislative leaders. The LPNC is part of this coalition. The first event set for Sept. 24 and then a forum every Tuesday and Thursday through the end of the year.

If you’re interested in attending these presentations and speaking on behalf of the Libertarian Party, please contact Brian Irving, the LPNC liaison to Fair Districts NC, at (919) 538-4548 or email brian.irving@lpnc.org.

“Now that the current NCGA maps have been ruled unconstitutional by the state superior court. teal redistricting reform is a strong possibility” Irving said. “The establishment parties have proven they're not only unable but unwilling to draw district lines fairly. We need to take that power away from them, not give them another chance to abuse it.”

Libertarians have joined with Fair Districts NC to endorse these Five Principles of Reasonable Redistricting Reform:

1. Include the legislature in the process, such as in naming some of the commissioners.

2. Include citizens and/or impartial experts as commission members.

3. Set strict rules for the commission’s work that:

a) apply traditional redistricting standards (compact, contiguous, communities of interest);

b) do not allow the use of partisan data or partisan objectives, and;

c) use voting rules that require bipartisan support for the maps.

4. Provide for extensive citizen participation and transparency.

5. Make the maps final on the commission’s vote.

Here is a list of presentation dates by city and county. Venues are being selected.

Date

City

County

Sept. 24

Gastonia

Gaston

Oct. 1

Burlington/Elon

Alamance

Oct. 3

Lenoir

Caldwell

Oct. 8

Wilkesboro

Wilkes

Oct. 10

Shelby

Cleveland

Oct. 15

Elizabethtown

Bladen

Oct. 17

Morrisville/Statesville

Iredell

Oct. 22

Lincolnton

Lincoln

Oct. 24

Forest City

Rutherford

Oct. 26

Matthews

Mecklenburg

Oct. 29

High Point

Guilford

Nov. 7

Concord

Cabarrus

Nov. 12

Reidsville/Eden/Wentworth

Rockingham

Nov. 14

Warsaw

Duplin

Nov. 19

Dunn

Harnett

11/21

Monroe

Union

12/3

Fayetteville

Cumberland

12/5

Kannapolis

Cabarrus

12/10

Wake Forest

Wake

12/12

Jacksonville

Onslow

12/17

Lillington

Harnett

 


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