Douglas Dowling: Loss of democracy

March 14, 2014 

Regarding the March 1 news story “Field of challengers shrinks”: The fact that one-third of our state lawmakers are running unopposed is a testament to the ridiculous electoral districts that exist in this and many other states. These gerrymandered creations ensure that potential opponents see winning as impossible, as reported by The N&O, and so they choose not to run. Our federal congressional districts are even more absurd.

We send our armed forces around the world to defend freedom and facilitate democracy. However, many aspects of democracy in North Carolina are indefensible, and with the loss of democracy comes the loss of freedoms. We desperately need to reform our state and federal electoral systems. Unfortunately, N.C. does not allow voter-initiated referendums, so we’re probably stuck with what we have.

Douglas Dowling


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