June 26, 2017
Contact: Bryan Warner, Common Cause NC, 919-836-0027 or

CCNC statement on NC legislature's attempt to redraw judicial districts

RALEIGH – The NC House Judiciary I Committee on Monday unveiled House Bill 717, which would dramatically redraw districts from which judges and district attorneys are elected throughout the state.

The following is a statement from Bob Phillips, executive director of Common Cause NC, in response to the legislature's attempt to redraw North Carolina's judicial and prosecutorial districts:

"Legislators have crafted new judicial districts behind closed doors in what appears to be an attempt to radically alter the landscape of our state's judicial elections. It is deeply troubling that the legislature would try to push through sweeping changes to our state's courts in the final days of the legislative session with little opportunity for public input and with a severe lack of transparency.

Our courts must be free from partisan political manipulation. If lawmakers truly believe that judicial districts need to be redrawn, they should do so only after thoughtful and thorough input from citizens and members of the judiciary across the state, and by using a nonpartisan redistricting process. To do otherwise would be an affront to the voters of our state and to the integrity of our courts."

Common Cause NC is a nonpartisan and nonprofit organization dedicated to encouraging citizen participation in democracy.

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