ACTION NEEDED: We Need Transparency and Fairness in Voting Maps
Voting rights advocates have expressed concern over the redistricting process. Read more about this HERE. Email the redistricting committee and demand more hearings after draft maps are officially proposed. This was the number one ask at the pre-map hearings, and the public deserves to see and respond to any maps that will be voted on by the legislature.
NAACP Representatives Speak Out and You Can, Too!
The North Carolina Joint Redistricting Committee is tasked with drawing new district maps for the state legislature and the federal House of Representatives based on the 2020 census. Redistricting affects all of us and we need fair maps that do not favor one party. On Tuesday, September 21st, members of the Transylvania NAACP spoke at Western Carolina University at the only public hearing in the 11th Congressional District regarding the redistricting process.
NAACP representatives Rev. Jacqueline Jenkins and Kathleen Barnes highlighted problems with the hearing process:
- The reduction from 60 hearings for public comments in 2011 to only 13 hearings in 2021
- The intentional inaccessibility of the hearing (including the remote location with no access via public transportation, the lack of signage directing the public to the meeting, no live streaming or Zoom access, no sign language or Spanish language interpreters provided, scheduling the meeting for 5 p.m. during the work week)
- Unlike the 2011 hearings, the were NO MAPS available for the public to comment on!
In short, the hearings were a sham intended to give the appearance of public input. We must add all our voices to those objecting to this flawed process!
We must make our voices heard and ensure fair representation!