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How 2 redrawn districts could affect most NC voters

Posted February 9

 

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North Carolina's Congressional District 12, currently represented by Greensboro Democrat Alma Adams, snakes up the Interstate 85 corridor and includes areas in Charlotte, the Triad and several cities in between. It was one of two districts federal judges found unconstitutional on Feb. 5, ruling they were drawn across racial lines.

Census estimates from 2014 show the district has a population of more than 778,000. About 51 percent of its residents are black, compared with about 22 percent for the state as a whole.

Even prior to redistricting by the Republican-led General Assembly in 2011 however, District 12's odd shape has been used by critics as a clear example of gerrymandering to capture certain demographics. But federal judges in Friday's ruling took careful note of the increase of the district's black voting age population from 43.8 percent to 50.7 percent in the most recent move to redistrict.

"Such a consistent and whopping increase makes it clear that the general assembly's predominant intent regarding district 12 was also race," Circuit Judge Roger Gregory wrote for the majority.

As of Feb. 5, 354 people in the district requested absentee ballots for the March 15 primary, according to the State Board of Elections.

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  • Matt Koonts Feb 10, 2016
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    It's dishonest to continually call these two districts "Republican drawn". They were put in place in the 90's by a Democrat legislature to consolidate minority support for their incumbents and have changed shape very little since then. Democrats eventually realized that it siphoned off their support in other districts and hurt them statewide. A benefit the Republicans have since tried to maintain.

  • John Gardner Feb 9, 2016
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    It's hilarious that Barber and his merry band of protesters had no problem with the squiggly lines when they were drawn by the Dems.

  • David Nelms Feb 9, 2016
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    This has always been partisan. Just depends on which party is in control as to which way it's drawn. Why don't we try something radical, require districts to be along county borders and based upon population only, take the race factor completely out.

  • Steve Clark Feb 9, 2016
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    I would say this is "partisan'. They were trying to get Dems lumped into one district (something the Dems also did for Decades while they were in power). It's only 'racist' if you are saying that only blacks vote Dem, which I think would be racist itself. Kind of Like the voter id law... it's only 'racist' if you're saying that blacks are somehow "less-capable" of getting an ID.

  • Steve Clark Feb 9, 2016
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    It's funny you mention that Norman - considering the Dems did the same thing for the 100 yrs they were in power. I agree - from the looks of things, these districts are 'odd' for sure - however, we shouldn't act ALL upset and mortified when it's been going on for Years.

  • Hamilton Bean Feb 9, 2016
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    You can bet that the outcome of this bit of purely racists/leftist/liberal political sour grapes will mess things up for just about everybody...Sure won't do anything to improve racial attitudes..

  • Clarence Drumgoole Feb 9, 2016
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    Who playing the "RACE CARD"? Those who agreed to this current map should never receive another taxpayer $ Taxpayers now have to pay, to correct this racist "HATE"

  • Jim Hinnant Feb 9, 2016
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    Looking at the map. What a joke.

  • Norman Lewis Feb 9, 2016
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    Has everyone forgotten the word Gerrymandering ?