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More bipartisan support for redistricting reform: Will current state leaders listen?

ICYMI, the editorial page of the Charlotte Observer features another great op-ed this morning that was co-authored by former Raleigh mayor, Charles Meeker (a Democrat) and former Charlotte mayor, Richard Vinroot (a Republican). The subject: the urgent need for redistricting reform.

As their honors note:

As former mayors of North Carolina’s two largest cities, we know how important it is to have a government that fairly represents the people, and in which voters have confidence. And we believe that the way we have drawn maps in North Carolina for the past five decades or longer has undermined citizens’ confidence in our government, created highly partisan legislative districts and caused gridlock.

We also believe that North Carolinians have had enough. For that reason, we, and other North Carolinians who care about the value of our vote and the future of our state, are supporting a transparent, impartial and fair process for redistricting. We urge you to join us.

The model we support is based on the way Iowa has drawn its maps since 1980. Their maps are required to have districts that are compact, contiguous and follow state and federal law. They cannot be drawn based on the political makeup of districts, past voter turnout or other partisan factors. Instead, the maps are drawn by professionals, reviewed by citizens and then approved or disapproved by the legislature in a timely fashion.

We respectfully urge the newly elected members of the N.C. General assembly – many of whom have expressed support for our proposal in their public statements – to work with us by passing impartial, fair, nonpartisan redistricting reform in 2015. In our view, there is no better way to show respect for our voters and improve our democracy!

To which all a caring and thinking person can say is “hear, hear!” and “if only a majority of our current General Assembly was comprised of caring and thinking politicians.”

Click here to read the rest of the op-ed.

4 Comments


  1. LayintheSmakDown

    December 11, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    That would be a big fat no. But if the democrat party ever takes power again, I suggest you spearhead the efforts to make redistricting non partisan.

  2. Alan

    December 12, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    And when that does happen, “you lot” will be rounded up and placed in one of those FEMA concentration camps. LOL…

  3. LayintheSmakDown

    December 14, 2014 at 10:18 am

    Whoa, admitting that if the democrat party takes over we would resemble Stalin’s USSR. I think you are the first I have seen to admit that will happen. Watch out though, “you lot” is subjective and easily can be applied to even the supporters of Communism/Progressivism.

  4. Alan

    December 16, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    Unsure if you are that partisan, simply uninformed, or possibly both?

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