Advocacy groups and North Carolina residents gathered to call for fairness in mapmaking in a press conference outside the N.C. General Assembly on Tuesday.
The press conference follows a Feb. 4 decision from the North Carolina Supreme Court that threw out the state’s previous congressional and legislative maps, describing them as “unconstitutional beyond a reasonable doubt.”
With this decision, the General Assembly was instructed to redraw the maps with a racially polarized voting analysis by Friday.
Many people at Tuesday's press conference spoke on the importance of these maps for promoting democratic ideals — especially voting access.
“We also celebrate this decision as an unequivocal win for North Carolina Black voters,” Reggie Weaver, a member of the North Carolina Black Alliance, said.
'Fair maps begin with a fair process'
Advocacy groups present at the meeting included North Carolina Black Alliance, Democracy North Carolina, El Pueblo, El Centro NC, North Carolina Asian Americans Together, League of Women Voters NC, NC Counts Coalition and the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina.
Democracy North Carolina led the press conference. Conchita McIver, a speaker from the organization, compared voter suppression brought about by the maps to the Jim Crow era.
“Jim Crow has left a lasting legacy," she said. "It is digging in its heels and holding on for dear life."