Mar. 30, 2016
Contact: Bryan Warner, Common Cause NC, 919-836-0027 or
Gerrymandering deprives NC voters of chance to weigh in on House Bill 2
RALEIGH – Last week the North Carolina legislature held a one-day special session in which it passed House Bill 2, blocking the City of Charlotte's anti-discrimination ordinance that had been intended to protect members of the LGBT community, along with several other municipal civil rights ordinances.
The following is a statement from Dennis Burns, chairman of Common Cause North Carolina, in response to the legislature's passage of House Bill 2:
"The process by which the legislature approved House Bill 2 was deeply flawed. Rushing to pass such sweeping, controversial legislation with limited transparency and with little opportunity for the public or even lawmakers themselves to fully study the proposal is not a healthy way to create policy for our state.
"And because of gerrymandering, millions of North Carolina voters will have no real opportunity to weigh in on the merits of this or other legislation when they go to the polls this fall. In fact, among those lawmakers that supported House Bill 2, 90 percent either face no competition at all in this year's election or come from districts so heavily gerrymandered that it is virtually impossible for an opposing candidate to win.
"Instead, voters opposed to House Bill 2 and those who favor the measure will largely be deprived of casting a vote that has any impact in this year's legislative elections because of manipulated voting maps. North Carolinians deserve a redistricting process that encourages competition in elections and allows citizens to hold their representatives accountable at the ballot box."
Common Cause North Carolina is a nonprofit and nonpartisan organization dedicated to encouraging citizen participation in democracy.