House Bill 69: A plan to end gerrymandering in NC
Introduced in the 2019 legislative session by a bipartisan group of state lawmakers, House Bill 69 would establish a nonpartisan process for drawing North Carolina’s congressional and legislative voting districts.
Fact sheet – House Bill 69:
- An eleven-person commission will be made up of voters nominated by legislative leaders.
- The commission will have four members from each of both major parties as well as three voters not affiliated with either major party. The four legislative leaders responsible for appointing the commissioners shall have the goal of representing the state’s racial, ethnic, geographic and gender diversity.
- The commission will hire staff to assist them, hold public hearings both before and after the drawing of the maps, and create the maps in a transparent public process.
- The commission is to seek public input, by holding public hearings and permitting the submission of proposed maps online and by mail.
- The commission is tasked with drawing districts that will be compact, contiguous, and abide by state and federal law. No use shall be made of political factors, including voter registration, previous election results, or incumbents’ addresses, except where needed to comply with state and federal law.
- Once the commission completes and approves a redistricting plan, the plan will be sent to the NC General Assembly, which will vote on the maps without altering them.
- The process will outline a schedule to provide the General Assembly with proposed maps as quickly as possible.