Statement from Eric Holder on North Carolina General Assembly’s Passage of Gerrymandered Maps

November 4, 2021

Washington, D.C. — Today, Eric H. Holder, Jr., the 82nd Attorney General of the United States and chairman of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, released the following statement in response to the North Carolina General Assembly’s passage of gerrymandered legislative and congressional maps:  

“North Carolinians made it clear at the start of the redistricting process that they wanted to end partisan gerrymandering. Instead of listening to the people, Republican legislators did the opposite today by passing maps that are heavily manipulated in favor of their party and that will deny real political power to the most populous and diverse areas of the state. These legislators want you to believe that they acted in good faith by pulling together hearings before and after these maps were proposed, but the ugly truth is that they structured those hearings to prevent most North Carolinians from participating and they ignored the vast majority of opinions expressed in testimony at those hearings. This is not only wrong, it’s anti-democratic—and North Carolinians deserve better.”