A pair of former state legislators want candidates for General Assembly seats to take a stand against political gerrymandering and support nonpartisan redistricting.
Former representatives William Current, a Republican from Gaston County, and Ray Rapp, a Democrat from Madison County, are surveying the candidates by email on whether or not they would support an impartial redistricting system.
Responses will be posted on www.endgerrymanderingnow.org and on the Facebook pages for the North Carolina Coalition for Lobbying and Government Reform and on End Gerrymandering Now.
“We want our successors to understand how important it is that we make a change in our redistricting process,” Current said in a statement released by the coalition.
“Bill and I both feel very strongly that until we end gerrymandering, North Carolina will be stuck in a situation where politicians choose their votes and voters don’t get to choose who represents them,” Rapp said in the statement.
Current and Rapp were primary sponsors of a redistricting bill that passed the House in 2011 with strong bipartisan support. They are working with the coalition, which was formed in 2005 and is promoting the issue around the state.