Chaos over a redistricting case has only increased after a court-mandated redraw of Congressional Districts in North Carolina is causing confusion and anger. State Republicans redrew the boundaries after a federal court found two districts were gerrymandered on racial lines. But the NAACP says the new map isn’t a fair solution. “(It’s) an invalid way, an unconstitutional way, of stacking and packing black voters, and then you undermine the power of the black vote,” said Rev. William Barber, head of the North Carolina NAACP. Rev. Barber said his group is calling for judges considering the case to throw out the new map and create one themselves.
Republicans say that race played no part in drawing the new map. “It’s clear that the NAACP wants to re-interject race into these election maps for the purpose of electing Democrats and no other purpose,” said Dallas Woodhouse, executive director of the NC Republican Party.
A new poll by Public Policy Polling found a majority of people in North Carolina, regardless of party, want a non-partisan process for redistricting. Those members of the public that WNCN interviewed said the process should be independent and that politics should be taken out of it.
Lawmakers have addressed that over the years and have failed to make that happen. “The reason is people don’t want to give up the power over redistricting and then the unfair advantage that comes from it,” said Rep. Larry Hall (D-Durham).