We need fair maps for fair elections—and we have a new strategy to get redistricting reform in time for the 2021 redistricting cycle.
We studied 50 bills introduced last year to identify a reform that can:
- end extreme gerrymandering AND
- pass the legislature in time for the next redistricting (starting in early 2021)
The result is a new strategy to end gerrymandering in North Carolina: Reasonable Redistricting Reform. Now we’re working to bring together North Carolinians from across the state and across the political spectrum to support an impartial commission based on
5 Principles for Reasonable Redistricting Reform:
- Include the legislature in the process, such as in naming some of the commissioners
- Include citizens and/or impartial experts as commission members
- Set strict rules for the commission’s work that:
- apply traditional redistricting standards (compact, contiguous, communities of interest)
- do not allow the use of partisan data or partisan objectives
- use voting rules that require bipartisan support for the maps
- Provide for extensive citizen participation and transparency
- Make the maps final on the commission’s vote
To promote this new approach, we’re building FAIR DISTRICTS NC, a broad, bipartisan coalition. Our approach is new to North Carolina, but it’s based on what has worked in other states. Redistricting approaches following these principles have gained bipartisan support and won approval by state legislatures in several other states. We believe this approach will work in North Carolina, too.