NDRC Calls for More Robust Redistricting Reform in North Carolina


Fabiola Rodriguez rodriguez@democraticredistricting.com

Washington, D.C. — The National Democratic Redistricting Committee has serious concerns regarding HB140, a redistricting bill that has been proposed in the North Carolina General Assembly. Redistricting reform can be an effective path to fair maps, but not all reform is created equal. As currently written, HB140 provides insufficient transparency into the map-drawing process, does not provide enough protection to racial and language minority groups, and moves the state backwards with respect to providing fair representation to all North Carolinians.  

“I have a great deal of reservations about North Carolina’s HB140 and believe that the North Carolina legislature should take a harder look at the details before moving forward with it,” said Eric H. Holder, Jr., the 82nd Attorney General of the United States and Chairman of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee. “The current proposal does little to improve the status quo and falls short in providing North Carolinians with the transparency, voter protection, and fair representation that they deserve. We can do more, and we should.

“As the court made clear this week, North Carolina’s redistricting process is clearly broken and has punished voters for years with an illegal, unfair map. Voters deserve redistricting reform that protects them from further gerrymandering designed to silence their voices. Simply put, HB140 is not the answer. North Carolinians deserve better than a half-hearted attempt that does not undo a broken political system in which politicians can pick their voters at will.”