July 17, 2015
Contact: Bryan Warner, Common Cause NC, 919-836-0027 or

A birthday celebration for the Gerry in 'gerrymandering'

RALEIGH - Friday is the 271st birthday of Elbridge Gerry, the former Massachusetts governor for whom "gerrymandering" is named. To mark the occasion, supporters of independent redistricting reform can post their wishes for an end to gerrymandering on Twitter and Facebook using the #GerryBDay hashtag.

"Two centuries of gerrymandering is far too long, " said Bob Phillips, executive director of Common Cause North Carolina. "Fortunately, a rapidly growing number of elected leaders and citizens on both sides of the political aisle support taking partisan politics out of the map-drawing process and enacting independent redistricting."

House Bill 92 would establish independent redistricting for North Carolina and has 63 co-sponsors – a majority of that chamber – but is yet to get a vote in the General Assembly.

Redistricting reform also has the support of such notable North Carolina leaders as former Republican governor Jim Martin and former Democratic governor Jim Hunt, along with over 220 local elected officials from 120 towns, cities and villages across the state.

More information on the redistricting reform effort in North Carolina is available at EndGerrymanderingNow.org. More information on the #GerryBDay celebration is available at twitter.com/GovGerry.

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

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