FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
League of Women Voters Disappointed with SCOTUS Redistricting Decision
RALEIGH, NC, June 27, 2019 – Rucho v. League of Women Voters of North Carolina was one of three redistricting cases before the US Supreme Court. Unfortunately, the Court chose not to draw a clear line between a fair district map and one that is too partisan. Dianna Wynn, President of the League of Women Voters of Wake County, states that “this is a deeply disappointing decision. Extreme partisan gerrymandering undermines our democracy. In our current system, politicians draw their own district lines to pick their own voters and to protect themselves. Elections should be determined by the voters of North Carolina, not by politicians rigging maps.”
Congress has the power to establish fair redistricting principles. The North Carolina General Assembly has the power to ensure fair maps. Today’s news only means that the League of Women Voters will continue to fight for fair elections and redistricting reform. Dianna Wynn, President of the League of Women Voters of Wake County, points out that “currently, seven redistricting bills are in legislative committees, but none of these bills have yet had a hearing. These bills deserve a full and fair hearing that includes public input and a transparent process. The League urges North Carolina legislators to adopt an impartial and transparent redistricting process. North Carolina voters want redistricting reform. Democracy demands it.”
The League of Women Voters of Wake County will continue its efforts toward redistricting reform that requires impartial mapping criteria, prohibits the use of political data for partisan gerrymandering, allows for public input opportunities, and is conducted via a transparent process.
The League of Women Voters of Wake County is a grassroots nonpartisan organization dedicated to encouraging citizens’ participation in government and understanding of important issues through education and advocacy. The League of Women Voters does not endorse or oppose political parties or candidates for office. Learn more at www.lwvwake.org.
Dianna Wynn, President
League of Women Voters of Wake County