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Calls for more transparency at first redistricting hearing in North Carolina

Many speakers called for more transparency in the redistricting process and asked that future hearings be livestreamed online. "I am disappointed perhaps that this is not a livestreamed event," said Bob Phillips, with Common Cause North Carolina, a voter advocacy organization. "There’s a lot of people who would probably like to participate from the comfort of their home."

Redistricting public hearings fall short in accommodating public input, advocates say

“The public’s voice matters in how new legislative and congressional maps are drawn in North Carolina,“ Bob Phillips, executive director of Common Cause NC said in a press release. ”As the COVID-19 virus ravages our state once again, it is disappointing that lawmakers are holding a series of public hearings on redistricting without an opportunity for community members to take part virtually in these meetings from the safety of their homes.”

In U.S. redistricting fight, citizens come armed with a new weapon: their own maps

On a recent evening, Tyler Daye, an organizer with Common Cause North Carolina, hosted an online seminar for residents of the city of Wilson on an important but arcane topic: redistricting.

NC will redistrict after census data release. Here’s why you should care.

Every state in the country can start redrawing political maps after the U.S. Census Bureau releases local population data on Thursday. But attention to the process, and any potential shenanigans, may be more intense in North Carolina than anywhere else. The redrawing process is called redistricting. But when boundaries get skewed to favor a particular political party or group, it’s gerrymandering.

Voting & Elections 07.24.2021

NC played historic role in securing young Americans' voting rights

It was 50 years ago this month that North Carolina became the final state needed to ratify the 26th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, lowering the national voting age to 18.

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