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For Release: Wednesday, May 2, 2012  – Contact: Bob Hall, 919-489-1931

“Voter Confusion Index” Ranks NC Counties, Hotline & Website Set Up to Help Voters

A new analysis of voting precincts shows that Cumberland, Wayne, Durham, Pitt, and Pasquotank are the five counties with the most complex changes to their state legislative and Congressional districts lines – changes that can create confusion for voters and possibly lead to people receiving the wrong ballot at the polls.

[See data for 100 counties at: http://www.democracy-nc.org/downloads/CountyPrecinctConfusion.xls] Read More

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New and sobering analysis from the nonpartisan experts at Democracy NC:

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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

This the NAACP’s statement on the redistricting lawsuit filed today.

NC NAACP EXTENDED STATEMENT  REGARDING RACE-BASED REDISTRICTING MAPS 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 4, 2011

DURHAM – Earlier this week, after spending 60 days looking at a cleverly designed scheme to resegregate voters in North Carolina, the U.S. Department of Justice informed us that the U.S. Attorney General did not “interpose any objection” to the scheme.  The next sentence in the letter said, “However, we note that Section 5 expressly provides that the failure of the Attorney General to object [to a redistricting scheme] does not bar subsequent litigation (our emphasis) to enjoin the enforcement of the changes.”

That is what we did this morning at Wake Superior Court in Raleigh, NC.  Read More

During the 2009-2010 session of the General Assembly, 10 Republican Senators co-sponsored a bill introduced by Republican Pete Brunstetter to set up an independent commission to draw the lines for Congressional and General Assembly districts.

The ten Republicans included current Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger, current Rules Chair Tom Apodaca, current Senate Majority Leader Harry Brown, and current Senate Redistricting Committee Chair Bob Rucho.

Berger and his fellow Republicans believed that turning over the process of drawing districting lines to a nonpartisan commission was in the best interests of the people of North Carolina.

Monday night, Democratic Senator Dan Blue offered an amendment to the Republicans’ redistricting plan that would have turned over future redistricting duties to the independent commission that Berger last year thought was so important.

Rules Chair Tom Apodaca moved to table the amendment,  a parliamentary move that not only cuts off debate but prevents a roll call vote on the actual amendment.

All the Republicans went along of course and Blue’s amendment was tabled on a party-line vote. 

An idea that Berger and Apadoca supported last session was not even worthy of a discussion this year, much less a vote.

And that’s not the most disturbing part. Blue’s amendment wasn’t mentioned in many of the stories about the redistricting debate.

Republican hypocrisy in Raleigh isn’t news anymore.