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Hagan: Courts will have final say on “extreme precinct-splitting”

The U.S. Justice Department may have pre-cleared North Carolina’s new voting maps, but Democrats are far from accepting that decision.

On Wednesday, U.S. Senator Kay Hagan issued a statement noting that the courts would have the final say on plans she labeled “the latest flight from moderation.”

Here are Hagan’s full remarks:

“The courts will now review the truly troubling aspects of the General Assembly’s redistricting plans,” said Hagan.  “The General Assembly may be entitled to consider its narrow partisan goals when redrawing the North Carolina House, the North Carolina Senate and the U.S. Congressional district maps, but not at the expense of North Carolina moderation and common sense.

Extreme precinct-splitting makes no sense in drawing the state’s House and Senate districts and extreme county-reconfiguring makes no sense in drawing the state’s U.S. Congressional districts.  It is little wonder that thousands of North Carolina voters were left off the new maps entirely.

Nor should the General Assembly be permitted to pursue its narrow partisan goals at the expense of equal protection of the law by packing most of North Carolina’s African-American citizens into a very few districts.

I believe the North Carolina General Assembly is overreaching. This latest flight from moderation should trouble North Carolinians of all political persuasions.”

6 Comments

  1. HunterC

    November 2, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    Getting rid of split precincts will save money this year and every year for the next decade.

  2. Frances Jenkins

    November 3, 2011 at 7:44 am

    I am not sure what rock Hagan rolled out from under but I have lived in a county that was put in a congressional district so the other district would be a stronger Democratic Congessional district. My precinct has nothing in common.Precincts have no meaning in the real world. This practice has continued for the past ten years. My county does not matter to the League of Woman Voters, Kay Hagan or the Justice Center because we are poor and not the party of Obama.

  3. HunterC

    November 3, 2011 at 8:27 am

    @FJ:

    Precincts have meaning in the real world. They are how we organize elections and polling locations in NC. That is why it’s foolish to have so many split precincts.

    You can redraw/combine/make new precincts before you draw new electoral districts, but it’s just flat out dumb and wasteful to split precincts.

    It’s like having file folders organized by letter, then ripping the folders for the Gs, Rs, Ms, Ps, Ws, and Ys apart into multiple pieces.

  4. frances

    November 3, 2011 at 11:24 am

    Precincts are drawn by the General Assembly and can be changed, correct? Precinct are already split in 2000. The fuss now is over which precincts are split.

  5. gregflynn

    November 3, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    County Boards of Elections establish precinct boundaries. 2010 splits more precincts than 2000. Some of the split precincts were simply to red-line the home of a sitting legislator.

  6. frances

    November 3, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    A defeated Democrat member of the North Carolina General Assembly has shared the hope/plan is to stop redistricting through the court system long enough so the election in 2010 would have to revert back to the old districts. He felt the Democrats would/could regain at least the House and maybe the Senate. Then, the Democrats would be able to draw their own lines and stake the claim for their power for the next 100 years. Is this possible and will the Democrat Party admit they are working with various groups for this to happen?