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NC must not be gerrymandered again

Posted on September 1, 2021

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The Wake Weekly welcomes letters to the editor of 350 words or fewer. Letters should be signed with the writer's name and hometown. Include a phone number for verification purposes. Phone numbers are not published. Email your letter to the editor to editor@wakeweekly.com.

For years, politicians in Raleigh have shown contempt for transparency and public engagement on issues that affect all North Carolinians. Now they are drawing our congressional and state legislative maps for the next decade.

We cannot afford to let them shut us out of the redistricting process. Their decisions will impact our elections, and important issues that the legislature addresses, for 10 years. The legislature must immediately set out a full schedule of public hearings on redistricting that allows all North Carolinians the opportunity to participate both virtually and in person.

My community is facing issues with affordable housing and gentrification. We need representation that will fight for our interests — not corporate interests and those of out-of-state developers!

The last time post-census redistricting occurred (2011), districts were drawn in private by politicians who divided our communities based on race and partisanship. That led to a decade of court challenges and ever-changing district lines, which confused and disenfranchised voters. Eric Holder recently referred to NC as “ground zero for gerrymandering.”

To ensure a fair and transparent process, public hearings must be held across the state both before and after redistricting maps are proposed, in enough locations that all North Carolinians have a reasonable opportunity to participate. In-person hearings should be held outside of standard working hours, and notices should be provided for all in-person public comment opportunities at least one week in advance. Opportunities for online comments should also be widely available throughout the process due to COVID-19.

If you care about fairness in the redistricting process, please let your legislators know! You can email or call them (find their names and contact info at https://www.ncleg.gov).

You can also contact the leadership of the Redistricting Committees (see https://www.ncleg.gov/Committees/CommitteeInfo/NonStanding/6740).

Redistricting only happens once a decade. Let’s do it right!

Marilyn Clayton

Wendell

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