With the future of North Carolina’s election maps up in the air, Gov. Roy Cooper is trying to show voters how gerrymandering has hurt his party.
And maybe raise a little money.
State lawmakers are going back to the drawing board this summer to craft new election maps for the General Assembly after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled previous maps to be unconstitutional. The court said 28 of the state legislative districts were drawn illegally as racial gerrymanders.
Gov. Roy Cooper, to illustrate gerrymandering in his state, recently compared the number of votes cast in the 2016 general election to the number of seats Democrats hold in the legislature.
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He said Democrats won nearly half of votes, yet hold only 38 percent of state House seats and 30 percent of state Senate seats.
The claim, in a fundraising email, implies that some voters’ ballots count far more than others. But is it true? PolitiFact North Carolina wanted to find out.
To see why the fact-checking website rated this claim Mostly True, read the full story.
PolitiFact North Carolina
Speaker: Gov. Roy Cooper
Statement: “Last year, Democrats won nearly 50% of the vote, yet they hold only 38% of the seats in the State House and 30% of the seats in the State Senate.”
Ruling: Cooper’s claims about Democratic representation in the state House and state Senate are accurate. His claim that Democrats won close to 50 percent of votes is slightly exaggerated if only legislative races are considered, but is closer to the mark when it comes to broad support for Democratic candidates. We rate this claim Mostly True.