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Join Fair Districts NC to get reasonable Redistricting Reform in time for the 2021 Redrawing!

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When politicians draw their own districts, we, the voters, lose! Naturally, they draw safe districts for themselves and their party. That’s called gerrymandering. When one party is in charge of drawing the maps, they can rig election outcomes so that the winners of most seats are predetermined and their party is all but guaranteed to keep the majority. As a result, gerrymandering undercuts accountability to the voters, the very essence of democracy.  

We’re approaching a critical period:  In 2021, we’ll redraw our state and local districts for the next decade. We don’t want another decade of gerrymandered districts. Your help is urgently needed to achieve reform that puts voters, not politicians in charge of the redrawing.

The best solution, being adopted by states across the country, is a citizens’ commission that draws the maps in an open, participatory process, following strict criteria, and limiting the role of the legislature. Our coalition, Fair Districts NC, is working to educate voters and promote reform. Please join us as we work to:

• Get fairer maps for our state in the 2021 redistricting of congressional, legislative, and local districts.
• Establish a stronger legal basis for the 2021 redrawing, with real citizen participation and strong criteria.
• Work toward adoption of an independent citizens’ commission so voters, not politicians, draw our districts.
• Engage and educate NC residents about redistricting, why it’s key to our state’s future, and how they can get involved.

6 Things You Can Do to Promote Fair Maps

1. Volunteer! 
3. Encourage organizations you’re involved with to join the coalition by endorsing the 5 Principles.
4. Support this work by making a donation to the League of Women Voters of NC. 
5. Help FDNC to organize a presentation to your group or community on how gerrymandering undermines our state. 
6. Contact your legislators and tell them to adopt a transparent, participatory, and fair process for the 2021 redistricting.

Latest News 

  • Nov. 23, 2021 – LWVNC's Phyllis Demko provides an update on the lawsuits against the NC General Assembly related to redistricting. Read it here

  • Oct. 26, 2021 – LWVNC's Phyllis Demko presented remarks to state legislators at yesterday's redistricting hearing. Read her remarks here. 

  • Oct. 21, 2021 – Update on redistricting and next week's hearings. 

  • Oct. 11, 2021 – The NCGA is now drawing maps! Observe the map-drawing process taking place in the Legislative Office Building in Raleigh (300 N. Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27603). House drawing is in Room 643. Senate drawing is in Room 544. You can also watch live streams from home. Learn more here

  • October 2021 – Read the letter sent to the NCGA by LWVNC and a slew of other organizations, asking to perform map drawing in public view.

  • September 2021 – See the newly released Redistricting Joint Public Hearing schedule. And get involved! How? Get started by reading this action alert from LWVNC. 

  • Week of Aug. 23, 2021 – League of Women Voters of Wake County has compiled easy steps you can take, urging General Assembly members to open the redistricting process to more public scrutiny and citizen input. Learn more here

  • August 2021: These criteria will be used by the General Assembly in redistricting legislative seats and Congressional seats. 

  • August 2021: Week of Aug. 9 – Speak Out for #FairMaps as Redistricting Process in NC Gets Underway 
  • June 2021: Watch the recording of our June Fair Districts NC webinar – "Speak Out for Fair Districts: Finding Opportunities, Using the Right Tools, Sending the Right Message." And please use and share our "Take Action for Fair Maps" toolkit, which was unveiled during the webinar.

Local League Highlights

The strength of the League is in its 19 local Leagues, from Henderson and Asheville in the west to Lower Cape Fear, Carteret, Dare, and NE (centered in Elizabeth City) on the coast. Most of the Leagues have a redistricting team, organizing public education programs and working with their elected officials. We're happy to highlight their work. What a great team! 

Action Team Leader

Contact the Team Leader: Phyllis Demko, demko [at]

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Research & Studies

With the help of the 2021 AAJ Grant distributed by the SOLVE Coalition and the Southern Coalition for Social Justice, The League of Women Voters of North Carolina contracted with League member Danielle M.

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RALEIGH, N.C.— In a 4-3 decision, N.C.’s Supreme Court threw out the state’s congressional and legislative maps on Feb.

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As of Dec. 13, 2021
(Prepared by Phyllis Demko, LWVNC) 

Note – All three of the lawsuits described below were affected by this order of the NC Supreme Court, dated December 6, 2021:  

Fair Maps

The State Senate has announced the following redistricting hearings for next week: 

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Join Us Help Make Democracy Work

In early October, the League of Women Voters of North Carolina joined groups like Democracy NC, ACLU of NC, Common Cause NC, and many others in

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Event Date: 
Sep 28 2021 12:00 am to Sep 29 2021 11:45 pm

LWVNC President Jo Nicholas will speak during Duke University's "Redistricting and American Democracy" – and the general public is invited to attend virtually!