FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
League of Women Voters Satisfied with New NC House District Maps in Wake County
RALEIGH, NC, June 25, 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. The League is grateful to the Southern Coalition for Social Justice for representing us in this case.
To comply with the court’s ruling, the NC House and Senate passed new voting maps for some NC House districts in Wake County based on maps created by a special master. Dianna Wynn, President of the League of Women Voters of Wake County, states that “it is unfortunate that the League had to resort to the courts to correct voting maps that violated our state constitution. We are ready to move forward and hope to work collaboratively with legislators to develop fair and impartial redistricting criteria as well as more transparent processes for future redistricting.” 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.”
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.