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North Carolina’s gerrymandered map is unconstitutional, judges rule, and may have to be redrawn before midterms

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  1. Kijafa
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    It's nuts how brazen the state lawmakers are about how absolutely rigged the map is: This is why Americans need to pay attention to down-ballot stuff. You can't just vote for things at the...

    It's nuts how brazen the state lawmakers are about how absolutely rigged the map is:

    “I think electing Republicans is better than electing Democrats,” said Rep. David Lewis, a Republican member of the North Carolina General Assembly, addressing fellow legislators when they passed the plan in 2016. “So I drew this map to help foster what I think is better for the country.”
    He added: “I propose that we draw the maps to give a partisan advantage to 10 Republicans and three Democrats because I do not believe it’s possible to draw a map with 11 Republicans and two Democrats.”

    This is why Americans need to pay attention to down-ballot stuff. You can't just vote for things at the national level, or show up only when there's presidential elections. State legislators matter, and you need to pay attention.

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    1. Diet_Coke
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      I like the idea of a Special Master drawing the district lines, we could see something like what happened in PA occur where good, common sense districts are demarcated instead of the twisting...

      I like the idea of a Special Master drawing the district lines, we could see something like what happened in PA occur where good, common sense districts are demarcated instead of the twisting spirals and salamanders that the legislators want to pass off on their citizens. I think the NC GOP is hoping to hold out for Kavanaugh's confirmation because they know that the SC with him as a Justice would confirm their ridiculous undemocratic districts.

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  3. dubteedub
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    It seems like after the 2008 Presidential election with Barack Obama just edging out John McCain for votes, the North Carolina GOP saw the writing on the wall with changing demographics of the...

    It seems like after the 2008 Presidential election with Barack Obama just edging out John McCain for votes, the North Carolina GOP saw the writing on the wall with changing demographics of the state and have done everything in their power to suppress votes and protect their regime.

    Before they passed the North Carolina voter "Monster Law" the GOP lawmakers requested race-based voting records so that they could specifically target minorities with their voter suppression efforts by cutting early voting, eliminating out of precinct voting, and passing Voter ID laws that allowed ID cards commonly used by white voters, but not those commonly used by minorities.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/courts_law/inside-the-republican-creation-of-the-north-carolina-voting-bill-dubbed-the-monster-law/2016/09/01/79162398-6adf-11e6-8225-fbb8a6fc65bc_story.html?utm_term=.227955f6fc61

    Now we are also able to add unconstitutional gerrymandering to the list.

    Despite the 2016 statewide Governor elections in NC going Democrat, as well as the last string of Presidential elections being essentially toss-ups with nearly evenly divided votes, the North Carolina General Assembly, the GOP currently has control of 34 seats in the Senate to 15 Democratic seats, and the GOP has 75 seats in the General Assembly to 45 seats to the Dems. This is just blatant corruption by the GOP.

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