Protecting Democracy in Our State

An end to partisan gerrymandering

Without a doubt, the practice of partisan gerrymandering has contributed to the polarization of politics in our state and prevented us from making progress on the most important issues. Instead of putting the ethical burden of redistricting on our state legislators, we should instead lean on an independent commission to ensure district lines are not engineered to short circuit the democratic process. We should also make this process more transparent by engaging with the public and allowing them to shape the development of redistricting plans.

Transparent Representation

Legislation in North Carolina is increasingly being written in a vacuum behind closed doors. This not only undermines the democratic process; it also prevents lawmakers from seeing past their own biases and blinders. Likewise, we have seen policies for important issues crowded into huge budget bills, deceptive bill names that are engineered to mislead the public, and parasitic riders that take advantage of admirable laws for political manipulation. We should be increasing deliberation, collaboration, and public engagement because it will lead to better laws that accurately reflect what we as North Carolinians value.

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Election day is Tuesday, November 6, 2018. You can find more information on registration and voting by visiting the Mecklenburg County Board of Elections.

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