FAIR ELECTIONS LEAGUE ACTION TEAM
Education and advocacy related to redistricting reform and campaign finance reform.
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FINDING COMMON GROUND | APRIL 5, 2017 | 7-9 pm | Durham
The LWVNC Fair Elections Action Team invites you to 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, will talk about the path toward finding common ground from a consumer insights perspective. Also invited are a Republican and a Democrat legislator, co-sponsors of HB200, who will educate attendees about this bill. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. with complimentary appetizers and a cash bar. RSVP REQUIRED
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:.
SB209 is an identical companion bill to HB200 that would mandate nonpartisan redistricting in North Carolina, effective 2021.