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Common Cause hosting zig-zaggy 5K to raise awareness about gerrymandering

Common Cause NC will host a Gerrymandering 5K in May to raise awareness about this district and others in Raleigh.

Have you ever wondered about that claw shaped voting district that encompasses part of downtown Raleigh? Maybe you’ve asked yourself who lives along that little square protrusion at the bottom or what businesses line the district’s jagged edges.

You don’t have to wonder any more. Common Cause North Carolina is hosting a Gerrymandering 5K to answer all your burning questions and raise awareness about the political phenomenon.

The 5K course will follow the border of the gerrymandered lines between House districts 33 and 34, with the exception of going down Jones Street by the legislative building, according to Common Cause Executive Director Bob Phillips.

This is the Gerrymandering 5K route that runners and walkers will take May 12. (Provided by Common Cause)

It will start at 10 a.m. at Trophy Brewing on Morgan Street, a sponsor of the event which also just so happens to have a very large anti-gerrymandering mural on the back of its building.

Registration is $30, which covers the cost of a race medal and post-race beer. There will be an after-party at Trophy.

The League of Women Voters held an identical event in Asheville last year that drew hundreds of people and garnered national attention.

North Carolinians have been no stranger to the topic of gerrymandering. Lawmakers have been battling racial and partisan gerrymandering issues in court for years.

Residents this year will vote in legislative districts that have partially been drawn by a court-appointed special master to correct racial gerrymanders. Some districts are still being litigated in state court, including one affected by the 5K district.

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