Cooper says he’ll call special session on redistricting – News & Observer

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Gov. Roy Cooper, trying to put pressure on lawmakers to redraw state House and Senate election maps within the next two weeks, said he would call for a 14-day special session of the legislature.

The session Cooper plans to call would run simultaneously with the ongoing regular session, which is due to end some time this summer. He said such a concurrent session is rare but not unprecedented.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday affirmed a lower court ruling that found 28 legislative districts to be illegal racial gerrymanders that diluted the overall influence of black voters.

“That means Republican politicians have been picking their voters instead of voters picking their politicians,” Cooper said Wednesday. “They’ve rigged the system and it’s just wrong.”

But the justices vacated an order by the lower court to redraw the maps and hold special elections in 2017 in the changed districts. That three-judge panel will now reconsider the means of correcting the problem.

Cooper said the special session would start Thursday. (Read more)

News & Observer: Federal court orders new NC legislative elections in 2017

Raleigh, N.C. — North Carolina lawmakers must redraw their legislative districts by March 15 and hold new elections by the end of next year, a federal court ruled Tuesday.

That order follows up on a ruling from this summer that found lawmakers had unconstitutionally relied on race when they drew 28 state House and Senate districts.

Although lawmakers had told the court they should be given more time to redraw their districts and should not have to hold elections until 2018, the three-judge panel disagreed.

“This gives the State a total of seven months from the time the districts were held to be unconstitutional, which is longer than it took the 2011 legislature to redistrict the entire state,” read the order, which was drafted by a three-judge federal district court panel. (Read more)

Breaking News: Federal court orders NC law makers to redraw districts, hold new General Assembly elections in 2017 – WRAL

In a unanimous ruling Tuesday, a three-judge panel ordered the General Assembly to redraw 28 North Carolina state house and senate districts by March 15, 2017, and to hold a special primary and general election in the fall of 2017.

Additional information will be posted here as it becomes available.

Read more at http://www.wral.com/news/page/12706857/?break_id=16213#qAC4qVmeRoQeTzaK.99

Panel denies request to delay N.C. primaries – News & Observer

A three-judge panel today denied a request to delay the May 8 primaries.

Registered Democrats and advocacy groups are fighting new Republican-drawn districts for legislative and congressional seats.

They wanted the primaries moved from May to July to allow time for courts to rule on their lawsuit. (More)

Announcement: Notice of Redistricting Hearing – Friday, Jan. 20, 2012

NC NAACP et. al. v. NC and Dickson v. Rucho – Redistricting Case

NOTICE OF HEARING

Friday, January 20, 2012 at 11:00a.m

NOTICE is herewith given of a hearing before the undersigned three-judge panel in the above-referenced consolidated matters to consider the Plaintiffs’ Motions for Injunctive Relief.

The hearing shall be on the 20th day of January, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at:

Wake County Courthouse

316 Fayetteville Street

Courtroom 10-B (10th Floor)

Raleigh, North Carolina 27601  

DOJ approve’s Wilson’s redistricting maps – Wilson Times

The U.S. Department of Justice has approved new voting districts for the city of Wilson and the pre-clearance opens the door for a May election race.

The Department of Justice approved the city’s redistricting maps on Dec. 22 and the Wilson County Board of Elections was notified by the city attorney this week. The city has seven electoral voting districts and the May 8 election race will include Districts 1, 2 and 4 as well as the mayor’s post. (More)

 

Special Meeting of The Edgecombe County Board of Education for Public Hearing Regarding Proposed Redistricting Plans

Special Meeting of the Edgecombe County Board of Education
Edgecombe County Board Rooms
412 Pearl Street
Tarboro, NC 27886

October 24, 2011

AGENDA


6:30 P.M. (OPEN SESSION)
(1) Call to Order of Special Meeting of the Board
     (1.1) Pledge of Allegiance

(2) Approval of Agenda

(3) Item(s) for Information

(3.1) Presentation and Discussion of Proposed Redistricting Plans

(4) Public Hearing
     (4.1) Public Hearing Regarding Proposed Redistricting Plans

(5) Public Comments
(This time for public comments has been established for citizens who desire to address the board and who register prior to the start of the meeting. The Board has established a 3-minute time limitation for comments to be taken into consideration by the Board. Public comments must relate to items on the agenda. Feedback will not be given during the Board Session. If a response is necessary, the Board will respond within ten working days. Thank you. [Edgecombe County Board of Education Policy 2210])

Motion Required: I make a motion under the North Carolina Open Meetings Law, Sections 143-318.11 (a)(1), (a)(3), and (a)(6), to go into Closed Session to consider personnel matters and to consult with the attorney to preserve attorney client privileged information, and to prevent the disclosure of student records rendered confidential under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, 20 U.S.C. 1232g, and the disclosure of personnel records rendered confidential under G.S. 115C-319 through 321.

CLOSED SESSION:
(6) Discussion of Items Protected by Attorney-Client Privilege

OPEN SESSION:
(7) Approval of Resolution Adopting New Election District Boundaries

(8) Superintendent Search Process

(9) Adjourn

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Edgecombe County Public Schools Delays Vote on Redistricting Plan After Edgecombe County Political Affairs Group Presents Alternative Plan Monday October 10, 2011

Allison Riggs voting rights attorney with the Southern Coalition for Social Justice presented the legality of the presentation by the Edgecombe County Political Affairs Group. See the presentation by Riggs and other speakers.

Click on picture to watch video (1 hr. 30 mins. 29 secs. total).

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School board delays vote on redistricting planSource: Rocky Mount Telegram

TARBORO – The Edgecombe County Board of Education decided to table a vote on redrawing the board’s district lines at its regular board meeting Monday.

During the public hearing regarding the proposed redistricting plan, an alternative plan was proposed by Edgecombe County Political Affairs Group. (Paid Content)

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Barber says NAACP will challenge redistricting plan–Source: NBC 17

RALEIGH, N.C. — The North Carolina NAACP plans to challenge the new Congressional districts in court, the Rev. William Barber said Thursday.

Barber said the districts, which were drawn by a committee of the Republican-led General Assembly, violate the Voting Rights Act of 1965. (Read more)

I don’t give a damn about folks opinion of "our" President because . . .

I don’t give a damn about folks opinion of "our" President because if black folks are not following the real fights such as following the redistricting process across the nation and filing lawsuits to challenge them, then we will be living in pure hell for the next 10 years until the next Census.

Hell I guess "our" President will be blamed for the Republicans re-drawing the lines.

However I will challenge the President haters every opportunity I get as long as time permits.

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Proposed N.C. voting maps confound – Source: News & Observer

New Republican-drawn voting maps for legislative races will slice through neighborhoods in unprecedented ways, possibly leading to confusion at polling places next year.

And by isolating black voters in new districts, it will make other seats easier for Republicans to win, perhaps helping them build on their new legislative majority. (Read more)

State and Local Leaders Gather at Historic St. Paul AME Church to Challenge Redistricting Process

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For Immediate Release

August 15, 2011

Contact: Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, President, 919-394-8137

Mrs. Amina J. Turner, Executive Director, 919-682-4700

Atty. Jennifer W. Marsh, Legal Redress Coordinator, 919-682-4700

State and Local Leaders Gather at Historic St. Paul AME Church to Challenge Redistricting Process

We gather at St. Paul AME Church, founded 163 years ago. Twenty years after the church’s founding, 143 years ago, the Freeman’s Convention met at this church to fight for the rights of African-Americans to vote and be represented in places of power and elect representatives of their choice.

On July 2nd, 47 years ago, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act. We stand here 46 years after the enactment of the Voting Rights Act, passed in August of 1965, and we still have to wage a battle for the rights of all people to vote. Using the language of the 15th Amendment, the Act outlaws states from imposing any "voting qualification or prerequisite to voting, or standard, practice, or procedure … to deny or abridge the right of any citizen of the United States to vote on account of race or color." It was less than 20 years ago that counties in eastern North Carolina covered by Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act were able to elect an African-American Congressperson. This is not old history.

Today we gather to discuss the proposed voting district plans created by the Republican, ultra-conservative, tea party backed legislators who have taken over the General Assembly.

They passed a proposed set of new voting districts that dramatically alter the political landscape of this state for the next ten years or more. The maps racialize every election and every election district if they are precleared and approved.

In their 2002 book, "The Rise of Southern Republicans" two professors, Dr. Earl Black and his brother, Dr. Merle Black, predicted this racialized strategy. The new Republican strategy is two-fold: make as many Congressional and Legislative seats as possible in White districts while packing Black voters into as many compact segregated districts as possible and then run race-baiting and divisive campaigns.

Taking a page from this playbook, North Carolina’s conservative leadership has created and approved highly polarized, partisan, and gerrymandered maps. These plans create unnecessary racial disparity. We oppose these plans which exploit the Voting Rights Act for partisan advantage. We oppose the process in which these maps were created, which was far from open and transparent. Now we are saddled with a set of plans that are not in the best interest of the people or the state.

Here are a few of the many reasons we are against these plans:

The three state-wide redistricting maps do not allow North Carolinians to elect the representatives that would most closely reflect the political make-up of the state. For example, the Congressional Plan gives Republicans an advantage in 10 of North Carolina’s 13 Congressional districts. Currently there is a 7 to 6 split in our state. This closer divide more accurately reflects the partisan make up of our state. The proposed plan demonstrates its partisan advantage in pairing two Democratic incumbents in the same district for four of our seven Democratic Congressional incumbents. Yet no Republican incumbents are paired under the Congressional plan. The plan also splits 66 precincts and 40 counties, significantly more than necessary to comply with state and federal law.

These maps were designed to limit Black voting strength by packing and stacking Black voters into a few districts. Fifty percent of the entire Black population of North Carolina is confined to just 11 of 50 state Senate districts. Fifty-two percent of the entire Black population of NC is confined to just 27 of 120 state House districts. The plans unnecessarily concentrate minority voters into districts that consistently elect a minority candidate of choice. The plans consequently dilute minority influence in other districts. As we know, none of the current seven African-American members of the state Senate are elected from a district where the Black voting age population exceeds 50 percent.

It was 1992 before District 1, a district largely covered by Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, was able to elect an African-American to the US Congress. The ultra-conservative leaders in Raleigh used the redistricting process as an opportunity to remove 20,000 African Americans living in Section 5 counties from District 1. They were replaced by minorities from more urban areas not covered by Section 5. The voters removed from District 1 will not have political influence necessary to elect the representative of their choice. This action flies in the face of the intent of the Voting Rights Act.

To date North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper has not submitted the newly enacted maps for preclearance to the United States Department of Justice or District of Columbia District Court on behalf of the North Carolina Legislature. The conservative leadership of North Carolina has suggested it does not trust North Carolina’s Attorney General or the US Department of Justice.

The conservative leadership is also taking the unnecessary step to file the maps with the DC District Court, instead of the standard process of submitting the maps to the US DOJ alone for preclearance. Their plan is to submit the maps simultaneously to the US Department of Justice and the DC District Court, which has never been done before. They are taking the extra step of submitting the maps to the DC District Court, with its three conservative judges, because they do not trust the Department of Justice under the current administration.

The state-wide redistricting maps are not the only documents that bear the mark of the conservative-led General Assembly. Our representatives also passed bills in 2011 that removed the local redistricting process from the hands of the local officials and citizens. Instead the legislators in Raleigh controlled the process in many localities by passing redistricting plans with no local input. Many counties were stunned by this overreaching process that ultimately ignored their voices. The most recent bill redistricted Mecklenburg, Guilford, Lenoir and Buncombe counties against their wishes.

In the end, the Republican leadership pushed through a series of maps that disrespects the minority vote and creates an unfair advantage for conservative candidates for the next ten years or more. There are ways to create fair and legal maps. Maps that respect the minority vote. Maps that meet the legal requirements of the Voting Rights Act. Our leaders have instead given us redistricting plans that are a return to segregation and racial isolation for partisan advantage.

In 1909, the NAACP was founded and created with the mission to promote civil rights, including securing for them "impartial suffrage" or voting. And, we must declare today here at the beginning of the 21st Century the NAACP must still lead the effort to protect the power, necessity and potential of the Black vote.

Because of the power, necessity and potential of the Black, Brown and Progressive vote, we must fight any attempts to suppress, segregate isolate, or steal the power, necessity, and potential of the Black vote.

Because everything we fight for, equal protection under the law, educational equality, economic justice, access to healthcare, are all directly impacted by voting, we must fight any attempt to suppress, segregate, isolate, or steal the power, necessity, and potential of the black vote!

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The City of Rocky Mount Public Hearing will be held on Monday, August 8, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. in the George W. Dudley City Council Chamber of the Frederick E. Turnage Municipal Building to receive public comment on the proposed new ward map.

REDISTRICTING INFORMATION – UPDATED 8/3/2011

Representative Bryant is looking to provide constituents with as much up to date information as possible regarding the redistricting process. The information that follows attempts to represent the most current statistics, maps, and contact information available. We will continuously update this information as more is gathered. If you have any questions/concerns/comments, please contact Karon Hardy at 919-733-5878 or by email at bryantla@ncleg.net.

The City of Rocky Mount Public Hearing will be held on Monday, August 8, 2011 at

7:00 p.m. in the George W. Dudley City Council Chamber of the

Frederick E. Turnage Municipal Building to receive public comment on

the proposed new ward map.

Rocky Mount

Contacts:

Charles Penny (City Manager): 12529721325

Status: The plans are posted on the city website http://www.rockymountnc.gov/wardchanges.html ; Public Hearing has been scheduled for Monday, Aug. 8, 2011. Council elections have been postponed until May 2012. Rocky Mount will be using demographer Don Johnson from Atlanta.

Statistics For Current CityWards

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NEW PROPOSED WARD DEMOGRAPHICS

Ward #

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

Total Population

7909

7994

8047

7914

8624

8622

8540

Deviation from Ideal Ward

-327

-242

-189

-322

+388

+386

+304

% Deviation from Ideal Ward

-3.97

-2.94

-2.29

-3.91

+4.71

+4.69

+3.69

White Population

543

1966

1008

1677

3866

5855

3799

% White Pop.

6.87

24.59

12.53

21.19

44.83

67.91

44.48

Black Population

7145

5598

6805

5864

3885

2177

3662

% Black Pop.

90.34

70.03

84.57

74.1

45.05

25.25

42.88

Population Age 18 and Over

5621

6177

5956

5773

6551

6714

6660

% Pop. Age 18 and Over

71.07

77.27

74.02

72.95

75.96

77.87

77.99

White Pop. Age 18 and Over

469

1650

890

1440

3199

4738

3209

% White Pop. Age 18 and Over

8.34

26.71

14.94

24.94

48.83

70.57

48.18

Black Pop. Age 18 and Over

5042

4242

4922

4112

2796

1609

2745

% Black Pop. Age 18 and Over

89.7

68.67

82.64

71.23

42.68

23.96

41.22

Total Registered Voters

5843

5570

5760

5870

6207

6722

6014

% Registered Voters

73.88

69.68

71.58

74.17

71.97

77.96

70.42

White Registered Voters

730

1386

1052

1744

3935

4693

3247

% White Registered Voters

12.49

24.88

18.26

29.71

63.4

69.82

53.99

Black Registered Voters

5010

3993

4570

3977

2072

1799

2468

% Black Registered Voters

85.74

71.69

79.34

67.75

33.38

26.76

41.04

Male Registered Voters

2427

2385

2398

2442

2713

3000

2732

% Male Registered Voters

41.54

42.82

41.63

41.6

43.71

44.63

45.43

Female Registered Voters

3418

3120

3315

3410

3489

3686

3250

% Female Registered Voters

58.5

56.01

57.55

58.09

56.21

54.83

54.04

CITY PROPOSES CHANGES TO COUNCIL WARD MAP

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Citizens of Rocky Mount are represented in city government by a Mayor (elected at-large) and a seven member City Council (representing seven distinct wards). For fairness and equal representation, each ward should ideally include one-seventh of the total city population. However, when comparing Rocky Mount’s 2010 population data with the most recent ward map (drawn in 2000), it became apparent that the current wards were malapportioned. In 2010, the city’s total population was determined to be 57,580 people; therefore, an ideal ward size would be one-seventh of that figure, or approximately 8,226 residents. In order for the citizens of Rocky Mount to have equal representation on the City Council, the ward map must be redrawn.

The Rocky Mount City Council will consider a proposed map containing new ward boundaries (shown at right – click to view a larger version). The Rocky Mount City Council will hold a public hearing to receive public comments about the new ward map during their regular meeting at 7:00 pm on Monday, August 8, 2011 in the City Council Chamber at City Hall.

The proposed Ward Map was created using data from the US Census Bureau and the Board of Elections of North Carolina. The proposed Ward Map takes into account Section V of the Voting Rights Act and is not retrogressive to the 2000 plan.