Intent of a Proposed North Carolina Redistricting Bill Under Question

A Democrat-sponsored bill in the North Carolina Senate proposes to take redistricting authority out of nonpartisan control and into the Democrat-run state Board of Elections (BOE), according to Republican state Sen. Phil Berger. One of the Democrat sponsors of the bill, state Sen. Ben Clark, however, said the bill’s intent is to provide transparency to the redistricting process. The April 6 Senate Bill 511 (pdf), sponsored by Clark and Democrat state Sen. Mike Woodward, would sanction the math department at Duke University, or the school of government at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with redistricting influence in consultation with the BOE. North Carolina is divided into 13 congressional districts, with each district represented by a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. After every decadal release of U.S. Census Bureau population data, states in the country can begin redrawing their political maps in the process called redistricting, …

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