Today is the final day that North Carolina Senators can co-sponsor Senate Bill 554, the fair redistricting bill.
Why is Senate Bill 554 so important? You and I both know that North Carolina has a long history of lawmakers drawing voting districts in ways that weaken the political power of voters, especially Black voters. Our state desperately needs a new and fair redistricting process to restore voters’ faith in our democracy.
An innovative new bill filed last week — Senate Bill 554 — would provide just that, creating a unique North Carolina structure to help end unconstitutional gerrymandering and support fair redistricting solutions.
Senate Bill 554 would require a thorough study of the redistricting process, encourage deep involvement from local communities, and examine best practices from across the country to guide the drawing of district maps that better reflect our state. It could finally begin a process that would allow our citizens to elect their politicians, and not the other way around.
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