Category: Gerrymandering

“Fair Courts, Fair Votes” Month of Action (May 18-June 18). 6 Ways You Can Stop the Next Attacks on Our Democracy – Step One

North Carolina’s District and Superior Court Judges are elected by voters in judicial districts. A plan to redraw these districts (House Bill 717), sponsored by bail bondsman Rep. Justin Burr, who was just defeated in the recent primary election and will not return in January 2019, can be taken up at any time during the the current 2018 short session. HB717 is being roundly criticized by judges, the legal community, and the public as part of a broader attack on the courts in 2017.* In December, Republican Senate leaders proposed their own plan to redraw judicial districts, which is also being criticized for how it was introduced and what it does.
Right now, the legislature is back in session and is taking your input on these and other bold legislative changes to how judges are selected. It’s time to make our voices heard!

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“Fair Courts, Fair Votes Month of Action” (May 18-June 18)… 6 Ways You Can Stop the Next Attacks on Our Democracy – Step Four

As part of their sham process to rig our system for their control, the same lawmakers who are leading attacks on our courts are also planning to push new voting restrictions during the short session. It’s time to tell them to stop all of the schemes against us. 

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Call to Action – Protect Our Voting Rights

Republicans in Raleigh have inserted party politics into our judicial system by making elections partisan. Now they present new district maps which are intended to give the GOP power over the courts. These new maps intentionally reduce the number of African American judges in North Carolina and are more of the same extreme partisan gerrymandering that continues to get thrown out in court. Why do Republicans in North Carolina fear fairly drawn maps? They know they will lose their power as the people of North Carolina are tired of their un-American agenda.

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‘Why are we competent to make this kind of decision on appointing judges?’ GOP lawmaker asks.

In yet another chapter of the NCGA attempt to hijack the NC judiciary, the current effort is to strip the governor of his constitutional right to appoint judges to fill vacancies. That is seen as the best way to restructure society,

Rep. Justin Burr, a Stanly County Republican who has been leading an effort to change election districts for judges across the state, resurrected a House proposal to change how some judicial vacancies are filled.

Under the plan, which has not yet gotten Senate approval, the legislature would fill vacancies on the district court and for special judges.

Currently, the governor fills vacancies in the district courts, which handle traffic cases, custody disputes and misdemeanor criminal charges. Attorneys in the district where the post is vacant make appointment recommendations, but the governor can choose someone not on the list.

Judges who are appointed then must stand for election, and Republicans interested in changing the process say that gives Cooper too much of a hand in the judicial process.

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