It's time for nonpartisan redistricting

By Jane Pinsky | Mar 04, 2014

In North Carolina, 2013 saw record citizen activism.  Moral Mondays were a phenomenon of citizen involvement not seen in North Carolina for decades or perhaps longer.  Tea Party engagement continued to grow.

Surprisingly, there are more uncontested seats in 2014 races for the North Carolina General Assembly than there were in 2012.   There is no competition in the general election in 78 races.  Just to make that clear- only ONE party will have a candidate on the November 2016 ballot in 46 percent of the 170 legislative races.
"In Carolina we like competition whether its ACC basketball or politics “, said Chris Fitzsimon of NC Policywatch.  “But in 2014, there will be fewer competitive legislative races than two years ago.

Certainly gerrymandering is a big reason for that.  Which is why we must take the politics out of redistricting and end gerrymandering now.”

“At the John Locke Foundation, we value competition across the board — including in electoral politics,” said John Hood, JLF’s chairman and president. “Competitive elections encourage the free exchange of ideas, which in turn leads to better public policy. Redistricting reform would make competitive elections more frequent — and our representative government stronger and more responsive.”
In public forums across our state, sponsored by the North Carolina Coalition for Lobbying and Government Reform, citizens have stated
•        they want elections where the candidates have to work for their votes and where there is a free exchange of ideas.
•        they want to end the partisan gerrymandering that has created non-competitive districts and logjams in the NC General Assembly and the US Congress.
•       they want a nonpartisan redistricting system .

"In North Carolina we like competition whether its ACC basketball or politics “, said Chris Fitzsimon of NC Policywatch.  “But in 2014, there will be fewer competitive legislative races than two years ago.

Certainly gerrymandering is a big reason for that.  Which is why we must take the politics out of redistricting and end gerrymandering now”
The North Carolina Coalition for Lobbying and Government Reform urges the  NC General Assembly to hear the concerns of our citizens and our businesses, and create a nonpartisan redistricting process.  Under bipartisan leadership, the NC House has already taken that step and passed legislation. The Coalition believes the NC Senate should do the same.

The North Carolina Coalition is a nonpartisan group made up of over 40 groups and individuals on all sides of the political spectrum.  It is committed to open, transparent government that is responsible to and accessible by the people of North Carolina.  It has been responsible for many of the improvements in the ethics laws in North Carolina since its founding in 2005.

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