Republicans don’t deserve credit for their sudden interest in fair maps
by Hannah Hogewood
In what appears to be a sudden change of heart, House lawmakers met Thursday to discuss three bills that would establish different versions of a “nonpartisan” redistricting process, H140, H69, and H648. All three bills enjoyed large coalitions of bipartisan sponsors when they were filed in February and April 2019. However, for six to eight months Republican leaders refused to grant hearings and the bills were stalled until Thursday’s discussion. Legislative staff shared a chart dissecting the differences between each bill pictured below from journalist Jeff Tiberii.
It seems suspect that these bills have suddenly enjoyed debate in the wake of a court-ordered transparent redistricting process. Lawmakers expect a court ruling on recently-passed maps is just days away and now they finally decide to discuss “nonpartisan” redistricting methods. Furthermore, there is no actual timeline for passing one of these bills. The legal backdrop and absence of political will belies the disingenuous motivations behind Republican’s recently interest in fair redistricting.
If you are still not convinced, consider these seven additional reasons North Carolinian’s should not believe Republican legislative leaders genuinely want a fair redistricting process:
We cannot rely on Republican leaders in the General Assembly to enact a fair, nonpartisan process for drawing maps, no matter what claims they make. It is time to elect a new generation of leaders in Raleigh who we can trust to stand up for voting rights.