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Understanding HB200 and SB209

HB 200, a bill designed to establish a non-partisan redistricting commission, has been introduced in the NC General Assembly. A non-partisan legislative staff would create legislative and congressional districts rather than lawmakers. The districts would be drawn completely blind to political considerations or partisan political advantage. It would take effect for the next redistricting cycle, in 2021. The goal is that districts are drawn without favoring a incumbents or political parties, rather than the gerrymandered districts we have now. Fortunately there are 39 legislators who are interested in reform and HB 200 has bipartisan support. Sponsors are listed on the bill.

But HB200 must get out of the House Rules, Calendar and Operations committee first. We need to let our legislators know we want this bill passed. Since these representatives come from around the state we need constituents of these legislators to write or call them, asking them to support the bill and report it out of committee. Please go the the NC General Assembly site and search Find My Representative:.

Consider contacting these NCGA leaders as well: Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger, House Speaker Tim Moore, House Elections Co-Chair Rep. David Lewis, House Elections Co-Chair Rep. Bert Jones 

SB209 is an identical companion bill to HB200 that would mandate nonpartisan redistricting in North Carolina, effective 2021.

Action Items 2017

SAVE THE DATE: APRIL 5, 2017. Join the Fair Elections League Action Team for a special evening event and discussion about nonpartisan redistricting reform at the University Club in Durham. Check back soon for registration link.

ACTION UPDATE: League members joined Common Cause NC and other groups for Citizen's Lobby Day at the NCGA on March 1, 2017. A Rally to End Gerrymandering was held on the Bicentennial Plaza in Raleigh. Watch LWVNC board member Janet Hoy address the rally crowd in the video below:

LWVNC at Rally to End Gerrymandering 2017 from League of Women Voters NC on Vimeo.

Sign up for more information from the Fair Elections League Action Team.

Nonpartisan Redistricting Reform

Working Toward National League Consensus on Money in Politics

Campaign Finance: Who is Giving Money to Whom?

Campaign Finance Reform

Education/Advocacy for Fair Elections by Local Leagues

Contact Information

Walter Salinger serves as Chair of the Fair Elections Roundtable and Liaison to the LWVNC Board of Directors. Contact him at: fer@lwvnc.org