The House Select Committee on Redistricting will meet this Friday to establish criteria for the new maps. The meeting is open to the public and we should be there in an effort to keep racism and partisanship out of the process.
“It will be the prerogative of this committee to determine what the criteria are on the drawing of these maps,” Lewis told a room full of legislators, media and others interested in the redistricting process. “I sincerely hope that the Democrats will engage,” Lewis said. “Help us select the criteria, help us draw these maps.” The meeting led by Lewis and Sen. Ralph Hise, a Mitchell County Republican, came on the eve of a federal court hearing scheduled in a case that has lingered for more than two years. In June, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed a ruling of three federal judges who found 28 North Carolina legislative districts were drawn illegally to weaken the overall influence of black voters.Read More