Endorse the 5 Principles for
Reasonable Redistricting Reform
We need to reform redistricting in a way that: 1) ends extreme gerrymandering and 2) can win passage in the NC General Assembly. The most reasonable solution to this challenge is a citizens redistricting commission that keeps the legislature in the process.
Help us show that North Carolinians want a fair and simple solution to end gerrymandering by endorsing the Five Principles for Reasonable Redistricting Reform. More than 1400 North Carolinians have already endorsed them.
In North Carolina, the only way we can change the way we draw our districts is by act of the legislature, either an ordinary law or a constitutional amendment ratified by the voters. Using these five simple principles, we can design a citizens commission that would work well in our state but also keep the legislature in the process.
At present, the NC constitution provides very little guidance on how redistricting is to be done, beyond requiring that districts have equal population, be contiguous (all of one piece), and cross county lines as little as possible (keep counties whole). Whether we clarify how we should redistrict through legislation or a constitutional amendment, we need to get it done by 2021, when we will draw new maps for the Congress and the legislature based on the new 2020 Census data.
These five principles were developed through a study by North Carolina researchers who looked at 29 redistricting commissions in other states and 50 bills introduced in 15 state legislatures in 2017 to create a redistricting commission. The study's authors focused on bills introduced in Southern legislatures and other states that, like North Carolina, do not permit citizens to collect signatures to put legislation or a constitutional amendment on the ballot. They boiled down their findings to five simple principles representing a consensus approach that makes sense for our state.