Thursday, April 21, 2011

Southern Coalition for Social Justice on Mary's Map

"...the Southern Coalition for Social Justice
...will challenge Greensboro's newly approved redistricting plan
that moves more than 32,000 voters.

The group will appeal to the U.S. Department of Justice, which must sign off on the plan.

Allison Riggs, a voting rights and redistricting attorney, said...
"I can't even begin to speculate on what kind of logic the council is using,"

...Riggs said the plan...looks to have been "very carefully designed for political reasons,"

Councilwoman Mary Rakestraw, who submitted the plan,
told the News & Record that the plan appeared on her doorstep one day.

She said she "tweaked" it with help from political strategist Bill Burckley
before submitting it to the city manager.

"I took it to Bill because nobody is better with numbers than Bill," Rakestraw said Wednesday.

It passed on a 4-3 vote Tuesday with no comment or explanation from those who voted for it.

Voting with Rakestraw were Mayor Bill Knight and councilmembers Trudy Wade and Nancy Vaughan.

..."we will be communicating to them about that and about the lack of transparency of this process.

There has really been no explanation of this plan or how it was created." said Riggs"


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