The good government advocates at Democracy North Carolina issued the following statement this afternoon in response to today’s ruling by a three-judge panel that North Carolina legislators unconstitutionally used race when they drew legislative boundaries for state House and Senate members. Click here to read the ruling.
“Today’s federal ruling overturning North Carolina’s racially-gerrymandered legislative districts is a tremendous victory for our state’s voters and for everyone who values fair elections,” said Democracy North Carolina Executive Director Bob Hall. “With computerized precision, GOP lawmakers drew zig-zagging political district lines that separated black voters from white and other voters in order to prevent multi-racial fusion coalitions from electing candidates the Republicans feared. It’s essentially computerized apartheid. It’s also a cynical replay of a strategy from over a century ago that promotes racial division to protect white political supremacy.”
Hall added, “Regardless of political party, North Carolina can do better. It’s time for our state’s leaders to move beyond the nineteenth century.”
Meanwhile, Bob Phillips of Common Cause NC told Raleigh’s News & Observer that “Once again, the courts have had to intervene against the legislature’s unconstitutional gerrymandering. Today’s decision is yet more evidence that North Carolina clearly needs to establish an impartial redistricting process that puts voters ahead of partisan politics.”
Let’s hope lawmakers finally listen to Hall and Phillips an soon.