Who wants to take redistricting power away from elected leaders
The NCCLGR wants to remove politics from the redistricting process.
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – The power to redraw the political map in North Carolina needs an overhaul, according to the NC Coalition for Lobbying and Government Reform.
Jane Pinksy with the NCCLGR said Wednesday that the power needs to be completely removed from the hands of our elected leaders.
"When you have districts drawn that they're so partisan that people don't even have to talk to each other, then the system doesn't work," Pinksy said. "Then citizens decide that it's not worth going to the polling place and someone else takes over our government."
Recent redistricting changes removed part of downtown Wilmington from the rest of the city. Pinksy said moves like that are not good for the communities served by the leaders who should represent them.
The next redistricting won't happen until 2021, but Pinksy said now is a crucial time to make this change.
"We have Republicans who remember what it was like to be redistricted when they were out of power," she said. "And we Democrats who have learned in the last few years what it's like to be redistricted."
The NCCLGR is pushing for a non-partisan group to set the new district lines. Pinksy said HB 606, which explained the impartial process, had support in the House but lacked the votes in the Senate.