The North Carolina General Assembly will have to redraw legislative maps before the 2020 elections, the Wake County Superior Court ruled last week.
The court ruled that the current legislative maps are the result of unconstitutional partisan gerrymandering and do not represent the “free will of the People.”
North Carolina is a purple state, so there should not be an overwhelming majority of one party or the other in the state legislature. But thanks to gerrymandered districts, this has not been the case. In 2018, despite receiving a majority of votes statewide, Democrats still won fewer seats in the General Assembly. Even a media and journalism major knows that that math doesn’t add up.
The decision is especially significant considering Democrats broke the supermajority in the General Assembly in the 2018 midterm elections. If the maps are redrawn fairly, Democrats could potentially pick up more seats in 2020 and come closer to gaining control of the N.C. legislature.
Freer and fairer elections are a win for us all — they are the lifeblood of a healthy democracy. From voter ID laws to gerrymandering, Republicans in North Carolina have worked tirelessly to subvert and suppress the will of the people through every means possible. Their power has manifested in their ability to block any attempt by Democrats to implement progressive policies such as Medicaid expansion and automatic voter registration.