Rethinking redistricting

redistricting_mapMost of the water-cooler talk this week surrounding elections has dealt with the Monday’s lawsuit filed by the U.S. Department of Justice challenging the state’s new elections law and who is best suited to defend that law.

Well, the good folks at the N.C. Coalition for Lobbying and Government Reform want us to think more broadly about our elections, and the system that has allowed legislators to draw the lines and essentially choose their voters.

This evening in Greensboro the coalition will host a town hall meeting to discuss why North Carolina needs a new, nonpartisan system for redistricting. Executive Director Jane Pinsky says without an independent process, don’t expect much to change:

“The result is districts with such partisan leanings that many North Carolina voters have no realistic prospect of holding their senators and representatives accountable for legislative votes except in party primaries — in which incumbents typically have significant advantages.”

A poll conducted last spring by the nonpartisan N.C. Center for Voter Education found that 69 percent of North Carolina voters are concerned about the influence of partisan politics in creating our voting maps. Seventy-seven percent of those surveyed believe there is a conflict of interest when legislators are drawing their own districts.

This evening’s meeting on redistricting reform gets underway at 7:00 p.m. at the Congregational United Church of Christ in Greensboro.

4 Comments

  1. GOP Rules

    October 2, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    We do need non partisan redistricting, but when liberals say that do they really mean true non partisan? I have never seen the case when non partisan or bi partisan was mentioned in the progressive media and they meant that Democrat interests should be equal to Republican interests. It is usually a stealth way of getting progressives elected, kind of like happens in a multitude of local races like school boards. You elect someone and you have some hard boiled leftist who never made their true views known in the election.

  2. Alan

    October 2, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    GOP/Doogie/LSD,

    Total nonsense… “It is usually a stealth way of getting progressives elected, kind of like happens in a multitude of local races like school boards”.

    Where have you been hiding the last few years? Take a look at what happened in the Wake County School Board where Trojan horse Tea-Partiers took over and turned it into a political freak-show, and then paid for it at the last election. So, if you have concerns about folks who “never made their true views known in the election”, I’d suggest you start with your own team.

  3. GOP Rules

    October 3, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    Not sure why you call me Doogie/LSD…but OK.

    What I have seen, particularly in the rural Meck area, is that the liberals stealthily hide their views until they get in office. It has also been prevalent in the judges elections in the past, but it has been prevalent in school boards and some city council races too.

  4. LayintheSmakDown

    October 3, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    GOP,

    These guys (also TM) think we are the same person. Sorry to disappoint them though.

    Now my view as I have said in the past is that while the non-partisan thing is noble, it never works. I am all for the victor gets the spoils….just like the progressoes were back a couple years ago when they could gerrymander at will.