Real Choice for Voters on Election Day 2018-04-16T16:00:49+00:00

How can voters get a real choice on Election Day?

SUMMARY

  • North Carolina’s electoral district lines are drawn by whichever party controls the legislature.

  • The result is districts that unfairly favor one party or the other, no competition in our elections, and no real voice for voters at the ballot box.

  • Draw electoral district maps in a fair and impartial way that protects the freedom of voters to hold their government accountable and to have a say in who represents them.

Gerrymandering suppresses the vote and erodes confidence in our elections

People are more likely to vote if they believe their votes will count. They are more likely to vote if they believe they can elect people who represent their interests. When voters have a choice, elected officials are more responsive and accountable to their constituents.

NC elections have low voter turnout and many uncontested races

The overly partisan and secretive manner in which both parties have draw districts has eroded faith and confidence in North Carolina’s elections. Letting politicians drew their own district lines is a conflict of interest. Lawmakers effectively select their own constituents. This result is low voter turnout. Districts engineered to guarantee the election of a Democrat or Republican also results in half of the seats in the General Assembly being uncontested.

Choice will restore confidence in democracy

North Carolina needs a transparent, fair, impartial, and non-partisan way to draw district lines. It should promote – not erode – confidence in our political system. Voters want assurance their vote will count. They want the chance to vote for people they chose to represent them. They want to believe those elected will serve the best interests of the people. The bitter partisan divisions and costly, lengthy legal battles that have plagued our state must end.

Let the people choose

  • North Carolina should adopt an independent nonpartisan redistricting process. Allow legislative staff to draw all district lines with no input from any legislator. The process should be open and transparent, and allow citizens to comment on proposed district maps.
  • Draw districts solely on population, compactness, and community boundaries. Districts should not be based on party, race or incumbency.
  • Restrict the General Assembly to making only technical corrections to the plan. Require the legislature to either approve or disapprove.

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