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Editorial: End gerrymandering now

This morning’s Wilmington Star-News makes the case yet again for doing away with North Carolina’s absurdly gerrymandered political maps and the embarrassingly partisan process that gave rise to them.

“When they rode into office in the 2010 elections, Republicans pledged to govern differently than their Democratic counterparts. If by different they meant that a different party would be employing the same old political tactics to retain power and shut out the minority, then yes, it’s different.

But it does not serve the voters, and that is who the system is supposed to represent. The voters – remember them?

There’s a better way, but Honorables of both parties have resisted. A truly bipartisan coalition is pushing for an independent redistricting commission to help reduce the influence of politics on the redistricting process. There is no way to eliminate it entirely, but we can at least remove the process one step from politicians who have a vested career interest in drawing districts that allow them, in effect, to choose their own electorate.”

Read the entire editorial by clicking here.

3 Comments


  1. Adam

    March 11, 2014 at 8:59 am

    I think it is ridiculous to think that we can somehow create a bipartisan commission that puts politics aside and makes a map that is “fair”. This thinking assumes that their is the republican way, the democrat way, and the “fair” and “right” way of doing things and if we just put our differences aside, we’ll find it. If that is the case, why do we have the General Assembly when we can just form a bipartisan board who makes the “fair”d decision in all aspects of government? Why is redistricting a somehow special?

  2. Rob Schofield

    March 11, 2014 at 9:06 am

    As this article explains, we actually can do better.

  3. LayintheSmakDown

    March 11, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    I say end it if the democrat party gets control again….but I am sure the practice will then bring hosannas around here at that point. At this point it is only reparations and some fairness in payment for 140 years of abuse by the democrat party. We know how progressives like fairness now….

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