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Extreme gerrymandering found in Asheville, Buncombe; redraw ordered by state judicial panel
Wednesday, 02 October 2019 22:39

From Staff Reports

State legislative districts in Buncombe County “are extreme partisan gerrymanders that must be quickly redrawn along with most General Assembly districts, a judicial panel has said as part of landmark ruling on how North Carolina political maps are created,” according to a Sept. 6 story in the Asheville Citizen Times. 

“For voters and candidates of Buncombe’s three House and two Senate districts, the shifting lines definitely would mean some voters will find themselves in new districts in the 2020 elections,” the ACT noted.

“The result could be Republican candidates finding themselves less competitive in districts now drawn in ways that the judges said improperly enhanced the chances of GOP wins.

“It will also mean some Democratic districts will become more moderate, according to Chris Cooper, a Western Carolina University political science professor.

“Will it change the partisan distribution? I don’t know. But I think the lines will better represent the voters,” Cooper tod the ACT following the decision. “And we know politicians behave differently when they are in more competitive districts.”



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