For far too long in North Carolina, certain politicians have put their own self-interest ahead of what’s best for the people of our state when it comes to redistricting. The result has been racist and partisan gerrymandering dividing communities and undermining our right to choose who will represent us in government.
With your help, we can demand a fairer, more inclusive process in 2021 that protects our communities and gives us a true voice in our elections.
SPEAK UP! NC Redistricting Public Hearings Schedule
The General Assembly has announced the following schedule for public hearings on redistricting below.
If you’re able to, it’s important that you show up and speak on behalf of your community.
Please note: while advance speaker sign ups are currently available only for the next several hearings, links for speaker sign ups will be added for the other hearings soon. Speakers will also be able to sign up on-site at the public hearings.
Wednesday, September 8 at 6:00 p.m. – Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute (J. E. Broyhill Civic Center Auditorium, 1913 Hickory Blvd, Lenoir 28645)
Tuesday, September 14:
Wednesday, September 15:
Thursday, September 16:
Wednesday, September 22 at 3:00 p.m. – Central Piedmont Community College (Harris Conference Center, 3216 CPCC Harris Campus Dr, Charlotte 28208 – see map) Sign up to speak at the Central Piedmont Community College hearing.
Thursday, September 23 at 3:00 p.m. – Mitchell Community College (Iredell County Campus) (Shearer Hall, 500 W Broad St, Statesville 28677 – see map) Sign up to speak at the Mitchell Community College hearing.
Wednesday, September 29 at 5:00 p.m. – UNC-Wilmington (Lumina Theater, Fisher Student Center, 615 Hamilton Drive, Wilmington 28403 – see map)
Thursday, September 30 at 6:00 p.m. – Fayetteville Technical Community College (Tony Rand Student Center, Rooms 9.1 & 9.2, 2220 Hull Road, Fayetteville 28303 – see map)
If you’re not able to attend a public hearing, you can submit a comment online to tell lawmakers what’s best for your community when it comes to redistricting or anything else about the map-drawing process.
What is gerrymandering?
Every 10 years, North Carolina’s congressional and legislative voting districts are redrawn to account for population changes shown in the latest U.S. census. That’s called redistricting, and it’s happening this year.
But when politicians abuse redistricting and manipulate our voting maps to unfairly cling to their power, that’s called gerrymandering. For decades, politicians have gerrymandered our voting maps in North Carolina – and they might gerrymander again this year, unless we stand up right now and stop them.
Gerrymandering threatens our democracy, and especially hurts Black and Brown voters in North Carolina, as politicians split up communities, divide neighbors and undermine our freedom to choose our representatives.
As the North Carolina legislature draws new districts in the coming weeks, we must stand up, speak out and demand fair voting maps for all people, completely free from gerrymandering.