NAACP Will Fight Realignment of Voting Districts

17 Aug

By JasmineHughes, Your Black World 

The North Carolina chapter of the NAACP is ready and willing to fight the General Assembly’s plan to redraw legislative and congressional boundaries in court and within the Obama administration.

Opponents say the GOP-drawn district maps purposely pack extra black voters into some districts, thus reducing black voters’ influence elsewhere. This plan could give Republicans as many as 10 seats in Congress in future elections. Democrats currently hold a 7-6 seat advantage in North Carolina’s delegation.

Rev. William Barber said Monday the group is readying themselves to challenge the maps drawn by the first Republican-led Legislature since the 1870s. The maps must be approved by the U.S. Justice Department or federal courts, and Barber promises to challenge them in either venue.

Republican mapmakers maintain that the maps are in line with federal laws and court opinions.

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One Response to “NAACP Will Fight Realignment of Voting Districts”

  1. Sean Louis August 20, 2011 at 8:54 pm #

    Why hasn’t the NAACP once challenged the Democratically lead government of North Carolina who has made the district maps for over 100 years, including Jim Crow/segregation days?

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