Fair Counties NC calls on all North Carolina voters to tell your representatives in Washington that we need quick action to restore and strengthen the VRA. Without the VRA to fully protect our voting rights, we could be facing years of stormy voting, rigged maps, and voter suppression with no umbrella to protect us. We are about to start the first statewide redistricting since 1960 without the powerful protections of the Voting Rights Act’s Section 5. This key provision, overturned by the US Supreme Court in 2013, required that the US Justice Department or federal district court preclear any change… Read More »Restore the VRA to protect county voters’ rights
You’ve probably noticed that 2020 was not a normal year and that 2021 is off to a pretty rocky start, too… The 2021 redistricting calendar, like everything else, is thrown up into the air by the many delays and uncertainties generated by Covid. That’s because the redistricting depends on the 2020 Census data. And that’s been delayed by–you guessed it–COVID. Covid drastically reduced the deployment of Census workers who normally would knock on doors to fill in missing responses, for example. The Census folk up in Washington now have their work cut out for them to produce the most accurate… Read More »This year’s redistricting calendar? It’s all up in the air!
The League of Women Voters of North Carolina has launched a new initiative: Fair Counties NC (FCNC). This project provides information, tools, and support to enable voters to play a real role in drawing their county commissioner districts. We believe voters should play an active part in drawing the districts, rather than leaving it all in the hands of the commissioners alone. We advocate for greater transparency, openness, and public engagement in the map-drawing process, so voters are truly part of the process. Districts should represent the interests of the voters, not those of their elected officials. A fully participatory process… Read More »The Fair Counties NC Project Has Launched!