N.C. House Completes Bipartisan Redistricting Process to Approve Randomly Selected Computer Generated Mapsby GDN Shared Post September 18, 2019
State Senate approves its maps with a bipartisan supermajority vote
State House approves its maps with a bipartisan supermajority vote for 13 of 14 county groupings
Raleigh, N.C. – The North Carolina House of Representatives completed its redistricting process on Tuesday, approving new state Senate election maps that passed in their respective chamber by a broadly bipartisan supermajority vote of 38-9.
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The state House approved its own maps on Friday by a bipartisan supermajority vote of 68-42 for 13 of 14 county groupings, and a 60-50 vote on a single grouping considered in a separate vote.
“These maps received wide bipartisan support in their respective chamber with both Senate Republican and Democratic leaders issuing a joint statement calling it “the most transparent redistricting process in history,” so we urge your strong support in the North Carolina House as well,” state House Redistricting Committee co-chair Rep. David Lewis (R-Harnett) said on Tuesday.
The new legislative maps are being drawn to comply with a three-judge panel’s directive. They are based on district lines randomly selected from computer generated plans of the state Democratic Party’s redistricting expert at a recent trial challenging those election boundaries.
The state House maps also received nearly unanimous bipartisan support in the House Redistricting Committee for all but one of the new county groupings.
Members of both parties participated in a nonpartisan process of minimally modifying the randomly generated map only to comply with the court order by addressing issues of incumbency.
Leaders of both parties also praised the process, with Senate Republican and Democrat leaders releasing a joint statement calling it “the most transparent redistricting process in history. The maps produced in this room in the last several days are fair and nonpartisan.”
Despite the broad bipartisan support in the Senate, two House Democrats voted for the Senate plans on Tuesday.
The final state House vote on Tuesday completed the General Assembly’s process to comply with the court’s redistricting order.