Asheville mayor and citizens to hold press conference calling on NC lawmakers to pass fair redistricting
WHAT: Press conference to call for the NC Legislature to end gerrymandering and pass House Bill 200 (Nonpartisan Redistricting)
WHO: Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer, along with Common Cause NC and Asheville citizens
WHEN: Thursday, May 11 at noon
WHERE: Pack Square Park, (80 Court Plaza, downtown Asheville)
WHY NOW: Asheville has been uniquely impacted by gerrymandering over the past decade. The legislature split Asheville into two different congressional districts and attempted to redraw the city’s council districts. House Bill 200 would finally end gerrymandering by establishing a nonpartisan way of drawing North Carolina’s voting maps, free from party politics. The bill has bipartisan support among lawmakers and the public, but legislative leaders have not allowed the proposal to get a vote or even a hearing. Thursday’s press conference will send a clear message to the legislature that Asheville citizens and local leaders want House Bill 200 to get the fair vote it deserves.
Common Cause NC is a nonpartisan and nonprofit organization dedicated to encouraging citizen participation in democracy. Online: CommonCauseNC.org