FIGHTING FOR FAIR VOTING DISTRICTS,
ONE ACTION AT A TIME.
Why does redistricting matter? Our representatives in local, state, and federal government set the rules by which we live. In ways large and small, they affect the taxes we pay, the food we eat, the air we breathe, the ways in which we make each other safer and more secure.
Periodically, we hold elections to make sure that these representatives continue to listen to us. All of our legislators in state government, many of our legislators in local government, and most of our legislators in Congress are elected from districts, which divide a state and its voters into geographical territories. In most of these districts, all of the voters are ultimately represented by the candidate who wins the most votes in the district.
The way that voters are grouped into districts therefore has an enormous influence on who our representatives are, and what policies they fight for. For example, a district composed mostly of farmers is likely to elect a representative who will fight for farmers’ interests, but a district composed mostly of city dwellers may elect a representative with different priorities. Similarly, districts drawn with large populations of the same race, or ethnicity, or language, or political party are more likely to elect representatives with the same characteristics. Get involved with the movement for redistricting reform today — all in your spare time!
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Our state desperately needs a new and fair redistricting process to restore faith in our democracy. An innovative new bill — Senate Bill 554 — would provide just that, creating a unique North Carolina structure to help end the unconstitutional gerrymandering and support fair redistricting solutions. Tell your reps to join the growing list of SB554 supporters!
In an effort to make North Carolina’s elections fair, reduce political divides, and stop racial gerrymandering (and the endless litigation that follows), Democracy North Carolina joins our coalition partners to support legislation that establishes an independent commission to create voting districts in a fair and open process. Join us in calling for our lawmakers to support independent redistricting reform ~ we’ll deliver the message.
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Read up on the issue of redistricting and how unfair maps have affected the election process in North Carolina. We’ve provided a handy one-pager to get you started.
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Attend a monthly meeting to join a local group and take action together. Democracy NC has local coalitions in communities across North Carolina. Click below to see a list of our upcoming coalition meetings and find the one nearest you or get involved by region at demnc.co/region