For ‘Fair District’ NC Needs an Independent Redistricting Commission

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.

Brian Irving, former LPNC chair

LPNC Press Release

RALEIGH (Sept. 4) – The Libertarian Party of North Carolina applauds yesterday’s ruling by a state Superior Court panel that orders changes to the state’s legislative district map. But the party also warns that sending the job back to state lawmakers is the wrong solution, and calls for the appointment of an independent commission to do the job instead.

Brian Irving, the LPNC liaison to the Fair Districts NC Coalition, issued the following statement on behalf of the party:

“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.

“The proper solution is to create a fully independent redistricting commission along the lines outlined in Senate Bill 673.

“Nearly 15 years ago, the Libertarian Party of North Carolina argued that our state’s restrictive ballot access laws also violated the equal protection, free elections, and freedom of speech and assembly clauses of the state constitution. At the time, the state Supreme Court disagreed. We are grateful that this panel has ruled otherwise.

“However, placing the execution of this new ruling in the hands of the legislature is asking the foxes to redesign the henhouse―again. The point of ‘fair districts’ is to give voters fair representation, not to give two entrenched parties a fair chance to divvy up the vote. More than one-third of the state’s voters have chosen not to affiliate with either establishment party.”

To learn more about the LPNC’s position on redistricting reform, or to contact an LPNC representative for further comment, please email press@lpnc.org. Or call Brian Irving directly at (919) 538-4548.