New and sobering analysis from the nonpartisan experts at Democracy NC:
“Democracy North Carolina
For Release Wednesday, January 11, 2012 – Contact:Bob Hall, 919-489-1931
Election Officials say say New Districy Plans Threaten Secrecy of the Ballot and Integrity of NC Elections: 19 Counties Face Special Hardship
Statements from election officials across the state provide new reasons for concern about the controversial district lines that zigzag through and split up hundreds of precincts to create the new district boundaries for state legislators andNorth Carolina’s 13 members of Congress.
The election professionals are not taking sides on whether or not the new district maps discriminate against African Americans or give one political party an unfair advantage over the other. However, in affidavits filed with the Wake County Superior Court, they say the maps will confuse voters and poll workers, make elections harder and more expensive to administer, and even jeopardize the secrecy of the ballot for thousands of voters. Read More…