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De-mock-racy and gerrymandering

De-mock-racy and gerrymandering

To the Editor:

Folks, it is gerrymandered maps time again.

Once again they are being drawn to give Republicans an unfair advantage in a state where both parties are approximately equal. The final maps are no surprise as they give the Republicans a 10-4 or 11-3 advantage.

This is not democracy. This is de-mock-racy.

This is a continuation of years of being unrepresented by our members in the General Assembly. I still feel that our “representatives” do not know or care about the needs of my community.

N.C. resembles dictatorships around the world: the politicians are choosing their voters instead of the voters choosing their members of the General Assembly.

In 2018, The Supreme Court ruled that this state’s maps were drawn with “surgical precision” to disenfranchise minorities, to say nothing about them being politically gerrymandered. They were ordered to redraw them. Through slick political maneuvering and calculated delays by Republicans, truly “fair” maps were never drawn. Here we are nearly four years later and nothing has changed.

Since our politicians are shy about meeting with and answering questions from their bosses (us), feel free to send them their job evaluation. They may not listen to your concerns, but it will annoy the heck out of them.

Caryl Byrt


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