In case you missed it, the latest Capitol Broadcasting Company editorial on WRAL.com does a fine job of explaining what the General Assembly should do next as it goes about the business of complying with a recent court order directing it to establish fair and un-gerrymandered legislative districts.
The following is from “Court’s message: No more hyper-gerrymandering, pass non-partisan redistricting”:
While the legislature remains in session, it would be wise and prudent for the legislature to take up and pass the legislation that’s been filed to create a nonpartisan system for drawing legislative and congressional election districts. The judges’ opinion already provides good guidance for the criteria to direct such an independent non-partisan commission to use.
Do this now. So after the 2020 elections – no matter if it is the Republicans or Democrats who control the General Assembly – a non-partisan process and criteria for establishing legislative and congressional district lines will already be in place.
After almost a decade of resistance, Senate leader Phil Berger said he’d “respect the court’s decision” He added it was time to “finally put this divisive battle behind us. Nearly a decade of relentless litigation has strained the legitimacy of this state’s institutions, and the relationship between its leaders, to the breaking point. It’s time to move on.”
In that spirit, Berger needs to lead the effort to put a non-partisan redistricting system into place now, before the current legislative session ends. The court has provided good criteria to develop legislation and laid out the need for openness and transparency in doing it. Get the job done.
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