This post is a repost from earlier in the year where all of the citizens of North Carolina need to be aware of the gerrymandered districts and with the shift of power in both houses of N.C. government and what will happen next.
HAT TIP:UNDER THE DOME CLICKHERE
At Duke University there will be a panel discussion titled,
Drawing Lines: The Future of Redistricting in America
February 26, 2010 ~ Duke University School of Law
With the new census for 2010 coming out there will be plenty of discussion on the way our politicians pick us not how we pick our politicians.It is amazing to see so many local North Carolina House and Senate seats go untouched with no competition because too many districts are gerrymandered to death in this state and plenty other states all over this country.
What is gerrymandering? Gerrymandering is the manipulation of the redistricting process for political gain.
Triadwatch is going to start a new section to the left titled STOP GERRYMANDERING with links to plenty of web sites all over this country who are trying to make a difference in this subject . There is also going to be a documentary out soon on this subject CLICKHERE
Let's take a closer look at our federal districts in Guilford County and how screwed up it looks for Congressman Mel Watt in red, Brad Miller in green and Howard Coble in teal.
Guilford County Congressional Districts
As you can see we have 3 congressman splitting up greensboro like a 3 way pie. Now ask yourself this question, out of the three congressman who do you see the most around these parts and do you feel represented by 2 of them being from 2 completely different parts of North Carolina where Mel Watt is from Charlotte and Brad Miller is from Raleigh. It is time for a complete overhaul of this gerrymandering where back in 2000 Brad Miller gerrymandered himself into his own district , how nice was that.
Examples of a unbiased district-drawing algorithm in action / comparisons with gerrymandered districts drawn by politicians here is the link to range voting and below is what it might look like on a map of North Carolina and our 13 districts. CLICKHERE
Range Voting Districts in NC
It is time for a non partisan commission to look at our local, state and federal districts all over this state and come up with a fair and balanced representation of like minded and territorial districts that make sense for the people of this state. What we have now is a total joke and everyone knows it. Even the politicians on the minority side of North Carolina politics like minority leader Phil Berger who lives in Rockingham County and Stan Bingham from Davidson County but crosses over into Guilford County which goes against our State Constitution.
Here is also a post from May of 2009 with a title "North Carolina Redistricting Experts Ask: Is There A Better Way" CLICKHERE
We will see what happens after the census but wanted to put a blog bug in your ear about this issue for the citizens of North Carolina.