Fair Elections

FAIR ELECTIONS LEAGUE ACTION TEAM

Education and advocacy related to redistricting reform and campaign finance reform.

 

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REDISTRICTING REFORM

HELPFUL RESOURCES

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS POSITION ON REDISTRICTING REFORM – PDF

BALANCED DEMOCRACY: A GERRYMANDERING PRIMER – PDF

This 5-page document explains the causes and impacts of gerrymandering, outlining the need for nonpartisan redistricting reform.

REDISTRICTING ABC’s: A POEM FOR THE PEOPLE – PDF

This poem offers a creative call to action in support of nonpartisan redistricting reform in North Carolina.


RECENT EVENTS

FINDING COMMON GROUND | APRIL 5, 2017 | 7-9 pm | Durham

The LWVNC Fair Elections Action Team offered a special event focused on the need to come together in support of nonpartisan redistricting reform.  Featured speaker J. Walker Smith, Executive Chairman at Kantar Futures, spoke about the path toward finding common ground from a consumer insights perspective. Also invited were Republican and Democrat legislators, co-sponsors of HB200. Rep. Grier Martin answered questions about the impacts of gerrymandered districts on elections and representation.

CITIZEN’S LOBBY DAY | MARCH 1, 2017 | RALEIGH

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.


LEARN ABOUT HB200 AND SB 209

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 Team Leader

Contact the Team Leader: Barbara Bleiweis