Democracy Issues:
Redistricting Reform

We are dedicated to ending gerrymandering in North Carolina and establishing a nonpartisan redistricting system that gives voters a real choice and a voice in choosing their representatives.

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A panel of three federal judges on Tuesday ruled that the case of Common Cause v. Rucho can proceed to trial, denying a request by lawyers for the state legislature to delay the lawsuit. The case challenges partisan gerrymandering in North Carolina. More

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Hundreds of North Carolina citizens packed a public hearing held at seven locations around the state. The topic: new legislative voting maps. More

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The GOP-led redistricting committee rejected nonpartisan criteria for drawing new legislative districts. More

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A majority of committee members are on the record as supporting nonpartisan redistricting. More

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Over 75 North Carolinians participated in the "End Gerrymandering Fun Run" organized by Common Cause NC. More

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An independent redistricting simulation shows how voting districts can be created free from partisan politics. More

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The city will be the site of an upcoming trial challenging the constitutionality of partisan gerrymandering. More

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The US Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear a lawsuit from Wisconsin challenging the constitutionality of partisan gerrymandering. Here's why it could be a big deal for North Carolina. More

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Many Republicans who supported nonpartisan redistricting in 2011 continue to be consistent in their principled support today. Sadly, Speaker Moore and Rep. Lewis do not seem to be among them. More

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Legislative leaders refused to give House Bill 200 a hearing. So 150 North Carolinians held their own at the legislature. More

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The US Supreme Court on Monday rejected a request to review a lower court ruling that found North Carolina lawmakers unconstitutionally gerrymandered 28 of the state's legislative districts along racial lines. More

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The latest US Supreme Court decision is a huge victory against racial gerrymandering. But politicians are still brazenly manipulating voting maps along party lines with similar effect. An upcoming court case could finally put an end to it. More

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The US Supreme Court ruled that North Carolina lawmakers unconstitutionally gerrymandered two of the state's congressional districts along racial lines. More

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Common Cause NC presented the award to Rep. McGrady during a town hall meeting in Hendersonville to give residents an update on the effort to pass nonpartisan redistricting through the legislature. More

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Mayor Esther Manheimer and Asheville residents gathered in Pack Square to send a message to state lawmakers in Raleigh: enact a fair way of drawing North Carolina’s voting maps. More

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Members of Common Cause NC delivered a petition to state House Speaker Tim Moore signed by thousands of North Carolinians calling for House Bill 200 to get a vote. More

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Two centuries after "gerrymandering" first entered the American lexicon, a bipartisan plan for reform could finally end manipulation of voting maps in North Carolina. More

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Gerrymandering deprives North Carolina citizens of a choice and a voice in our elections. But momentum is growing to finally enact a nonpartisan redistricting process to give our state fair voting maps and fair elections. Take action!

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A bipartisan group of state lawmakers has introduced House Bill 200 to establish a nonpartisan redistricting process for North Carolina. Here's what HB200 would do

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A bipartisan bill introduced in the state House, hundreds of citizens rallying at the Legislature and a key court ruling were part of big week for redistricting reform in the Tar Heel State. More

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Citizens from across the state gathered at the NC Legislature to call on lawmakers to end gerrymandering and enact fair redistricting. Watch

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House Bill 200 would take politics out of the way the state's congressional and legislative voting maps are drawn. More

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If we want a political system that encourages problem-solving and accountability in government, then we need a better way of drawing our voting maps. Read more

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A majority of North Carolina voters favor moving to a nonpartisan system for drawing the state's congressional and legislative districts, according to a new survey from Public Policy Polling. Read more

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A coalition of conservative and progressive organizations met at the state legislature on the opening day of the new session to call on lawmakers to adopt a plan that would take partisan politics out of the way voting maps are drawn in North Carolina. Read more

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Just 1 in 10 voters had any real choice in selecting their NC House member in 2016, leaving millions of citizens with no voice this election. Read more

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Members of our two parties seem more interested in trading insults than working together to solve problems. We can’t go on like this. Read more

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Our broken redistricting process has led to reckless laws catering to a political fringe by unaccountable legislators. The moment has come for businesses to say “enough.” Read more

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A federal court on Tuesday ordered North Carolina lawmakers to redraw the state's legislative districts by March and ruled that a special legislative election must be held in 2017. Read more

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The Morrisville Town Council on Tuesday night adopted new voting maps for its local elections, drawn free from political consideration, in what could be a model for North Carolina. More

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Former governor Jim Martin and former Charlotte mayor Richard Vinroot say North Carolina lawmakers should enact independent redistricting. Watch

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The group is calling for independent redistricting reform that would take the power of drawing voting maps out of the hands of partisan lawmakers. More

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The nonpartisan panel created the new map as part of an independent redistricting simulation organized by Duke University and Common Cause NC. More

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Common Cause launched a potentially landmark lawsuit in federal court today directly challenging the foundation of partisan gerrymandering in North Carolina. Read more

Shaw voters roundtable

North Carolina legislators unlawfully gerrymandered the state's congressional voting maps. The result: a delayed election and voter confusion, with taxpayers left holding the bill. Read more

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The politicians who pushed hardest for HB2 have been silent in the face of staunch criticism. Why? Read more

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Duke University on Thursday played host to an effort showing how North Carolina can move beyond gerrymandering and instead adopt an independent process for drawing the state's voting maps. More

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North Carolina's unprecedented population growth will have a significant impact on the state's upcoming political redistricting and could make gerrymandering a big gamble for both parties. That was the message presented at a press briefing Tuesday in the NC legislature. More

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On a day when state lawmakers took the stand inside a federal courtroom to defend gerrymandered voting maps, members of the nonpartisan NC Coalition for Lobbying and Government Reform gathered outside that courthouse in Greensboro to make the case for independent redistricting reform. More

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The state's tradition of moderation and cooperation – and the prosperity that came as a result – is jeopardized by partisan redstricting. Read more

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Students at NC A&T State University, the nation's largest historically black college or university, recently spoke out against new congressional voting maps that leave their campus split into two districts. More

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We asked all candidates running in the 2016 legislative primary election if they would support independent redistricting reform. See their answers

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As redistricting is for the moment front and center, those of us pushing for a common-sense solution make this respectful request to our legislators: give reform a chance. More

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A federal court ruled that two of North Carolina's 13 congressional districts – the 1st and 12th – were unconstitutionally gerrymandered and ordered the state to redraw the districts by Feb. 19. More

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In the 54 days leading up to the March 15 primary, Common Cause North Carolina will take a daily look at the 54 NC General Assembly districts where voters have no choice in this year's elections. More

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This ad is ridiculous ... but so is gerrymandering. Watch

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A new analysis from political scientists at NC State University shows that even the best laid gerrymander may soon be no guarantee for victory in the face of rapidly changing demographics. More

Robert Reich on income inequality

Control of the NC General Assembly could be uncertain in the decade ahead as the state sees dramatic demographic shifts, according to a new analysis from political scientists at NC State University. More

Abe Holtzman Public Policy Forum at NC State University

The School of Public & International Affairs at NC State University presents a look at how dramatically changing demographics in North Carolina could affect political gerrymandering. Watch

A conversation with Rick Glazier

As he prepared to depart the NC House after 13 years of service, Rep. Rick Glazier shared his views on voting rights, redistricting reform and more. Watch

This month marked the 271st birthday of Elbridge Gerry, the former Massachusetts governor for whom "gerrymandering" is named. See more

"We continue to be impressed by the outpouring of support from leaders of both parties across the state," said former Charlotte Mayor Richard Vinroot. See more

The NC General Assembly today adopted a highly controversial measure that will radically change Greensboro's voting maps ahead of this fall's local elections. See more

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday affirmed the right of states to implement an independent process for drawing voting maps. Now it's time for action in the legislature. See more

Former Charlotte mayor Richard Vinroot, a Republican, and former Raleigh mayor Charles Meeker, a Democrat, are leading a growing group of local elected officials calling for a bipartisan solution to gerrymandering. See more

A bipartisan majority of NC House members are co-sponsoring a measure to establish a nonpartisan redistricting process for North Carolina. See more


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