Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder made his stance clear on North Carolina’s reworked political maps Thursday as General Assembly committees prepare to review the maps.
“North Carolina’s legislature must reject the new gerrymandered maps before the redistricting committees today and tomorrow,” Holder said in a statement. “This week, North Carolinians packed meetings across the state to make clear that these maps would divide communities and diminish the value of their votes. The citizens of North Carolina have spoken clearly: The new maps are just as bad as the old illegal maps.”
Holder, who was attorney general under President Barack Obama from 2009 to 2015, is leading a nationwide effort to reclaim a Democratic Party advantage in congressional and legislative redistricting after the 2020 U.S. Census. He is chairman of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, which formed in January.
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Holder said the latest maps “do nothing to fix the illegal 2011 maps that were struck down by the Supreme Court as racial gerrymanders.”
He said North Carolina voters should be able to pick their representatives, and not the other way around.
“The current proposal fails that basic test of democracy,” Holder said. “It’s time for the legislature to produce fair maps that represent North Carolina’s diverse communities.”
A hearing of the state Senate’s redistricting committee is set for 2 p.m. Thursday. The House’s redistricting committee is scheduled to follow suit at 9:30 a.m. Friday.