Another push to stop gerrymandering in North Carolina

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- There's another push to change North Carolina's redistricting laws.

Right now, there are very few competitive districts because Republicans and Democrats can draw such specific lines.

Wednesday night, the bi-partisan North Carolina Coalition for Lobbying and Government Reform talked in Wilmington at the Pearsall Presbyterian Church about copying Iowa's law that draws lines based on population not politics.

Jane Pinsky, a coalition member, said the way North Carolina does it now creates lazy politicians and disenchanted voters.

"So, that makes people who don't want to compromise, aren't interested in pragmatic solutions and aren't listening to voters. And, voters figure that out and they choose not to vote. And, if voters don't vote, democracy doesn't work,” Pinsky said.

Pinsky said she hopes lawmakers will vote on the issue again in the next legislative session. But, she added that it's ultimately up to voters to push legislators to do so.

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I think if investigated, the ones complaining are the Democrats whose party had gerrymandered for decades, every ten years, and some of the districts looked like snakes looking for low informed mice. Now that they have had the districts restored without favortism, they are squeeking. Maybe eight years from now the districts can be settled on together.

I believe that it is universally acknowledged that in 2011 the NC Republicans redistricted in a way that distorted the will of the electorate vastly more than the Democrats had ever done. The Republicans even bragged that that is true.