The GOP wants our redistricting lawsuit dismissed…thrown out! And, after the shenanigans they pulled in the dead of night last night our cause is even more important than ever.
On January 12th, a three-judge panel in Wake County will hear a motion -- supported by the Republican leadership in the General Assembly -- to dismiss the litigation challenging the GOP gerrymandered legislative and congressional districts in North Carolina.
Help us fight this attempt to keep us from having our day in court.
There is no question that we have the law on our side and have the evidence to show that these illegally drawn maps are not in the best interest of the people of North Carolina.
We need your help now to have the resources to be heard in court! Our fight requires retaining the best legal counsel and expert witnesses to show how the Republican maps do not comply with the law.
The GOP has illegally ignored the “whole county provision” of the State Constitution – a provision that they championed after the 2001 redistricting! The North Carolina Supreme Court held that the State Constitution requires maps to split the fewest number of counties possible.
The GOP map for state senate districts splits 19 counties. The Democratic alternative that was rejected by the GOP splits 14 counties.
The GOP map for state house districts splits 49 counties. The Democratic alternative that was rejected by the GOP splits 44 counties.
The GOP map for congressional districts splits 40 counties. The Democratic alternative that was rejected by the GOP splits 26 counties.
In the legislative maps, more than two million people have been placed into split precincts…five times the number of people in past redistricting efforts. Elections experts throughout the state have said that this will lead to widespread voter confusion and increased costs.
Just as egregiously, the GOP has unlawfully packed African-Americans into districts in violation of the Voting Rights Act. As an example, nearly one-half of all African-Americans have been packed into three of North Carolina’s 13 congressional districts.
These illegal maps cannot stand. North Carolina has a history of making all the “best of” lists. Best place to live…best place to learn…best place for businesses to thrive. The progress that has been made in North Carolina…in public education…in our community colleges and universities…in building a state that leads rather than follows…is all at risk.
As on so many issues, the GOP has simply over-reached – and they’ve broken both state and federal law. Tell the GOP that the Constitution and law still matter here in North Carolina.
Simply put, we need your help. Carrying this fight to the courts is an expensive proposition, but critical for the future of our state. Please give whatever you can today. We can win this battle for the people of North Carolina with your help.
Go to https://secure.piryx.com/donate/81VbeqC7/The-Democracy-Project-II/ncredi... to give today. Thank you in advance for your help.
Martin Nesbitt Joe Hackney
Senate Democratic Leader House Democratic Leader
Josh Stein Grier Martin
Senate Democratic Whip House Democratic Redistricting Co-Chair
P.S. The News & Observer could not have said it better…
“Their [the GOP] strategy boiled down to this: Since African-Americans tend to vote Democratic, cluster as many of them as possible into a certain few districts. With those districts thrown to the Democratic wolves, Republican candidates would be sitting pretty, or at least prettier, everywhere else…Counties were chopped into districts that made sense only to legislative bosses who wanted to isolate Democrats, particularly black Democrats, in their own enclaves. Even precincts got the chopped-liver treatment. Communities and neighborhoods were split in a way sure to mystify voters and candidates as well.” - News & Observer Editorial (1/3/2012)
The January 12th court date when the GOP bosses will try to have our case dismissed is right around the corner. Please give today so that we’ll have the resources to fight the GOP redistricting maps in court!
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