FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
League of Women Voters Urges Fairness in Redrawing Wake County Voting Maps
RALEIGH, NC, May 22, 2019 – In the case of NC NAACP, League of Women Voters of NC, et al. v. Lewis, the League successfully challenged NC legislators’ unnecessary redrawing of some Wake County voting districts. In November 2018 the Wake County Superior Court declared that four NC House districts in Wake County violated the state’s constitution prohibiting mid-decade redistricting. The NC General Assembly was instructed to remedy defects and enact new Wake County House district maps prior to the adjournment of this regular session. The League of Women Voters and the four individual League members who served as plaintiffs are satisfied with the court’s ruling.
Last week the NC House Committee on Redistricting met to review the process for drawing new maps. We anticipate the committee will meet again in a couple weeks. Dianna Wynn, President of the League of Women Voters of Wake County, states that “in the process of redrawing Wake County voting maps in accordance with the court’s ruling, we ask that the NC legislature carefully avoid racial or additional partisan gerrymandering. This should not be a process of swapping one set of unconstitutional voting maps with another set of unfair or unconstitutional maps.” Cheryl Tung, a League member as well as an individual plaintiff in the lawsuit, states that “the majority of North Carolinians believe that voters should choose their elected officials and not the other way around. I hope the General Assembly will adopt this belief as well.”
The League believes in transparent processes and public input. After the legislators develop a proposed set of new maps, we understand that an online portal for public comment will be available. We encourage Wake County voters to submit their concerns and suggestions to that portal. Furthermore, we hope that legislators will value the public’s input and use it constructively to improve the redistricting process.
The League of Women Voters of Wake County is a grassroots nonpartisan organization dedicated to encouraging citizens’ participation in government and to the understanding of important issues through education and advocacy. The League of Women Voters neither endorses nor opposes political parties or candidates. Learn more at www.lwvwake.org.