|Dear Republican Activist –
We urgently need your assistance to keep North Carolina Democrats from throwing our 2016 elections into a state of chaos. Since our Republicans achieved historic victories in North Carolina (2010, 2012 & 2014), liberal activists and the North Carolina Democratic Party have attempted to achieve through the Courts what they could not at the ballot box – defeating sound Republican policies. Their focus is now on our congressional districts. The endless string of court litigation challenging North Carolina’s congressional districts has abused taxpayers and attempted to thwart the results of duly constituted elections in which voters rejected the Democrats’ policies.
As you may know, a federal court panel ruled two of our congressional districts to be unconstitutional. We disagree. We believe these districts are fair and legal. The panel’s ruling has put our states current congressional primary elections in limbo.
Despite the fact that voting has already begun and thousands of people have already requested and received absentee ballots, the lower court has upended the current congressional election and ordered the legislature to redraw the districts by the end of next week. We believe this is an outrageous demand, not consistent with Federal and State constitutions. We are hoping for a stay to be granted by the United States Supreme Court. Meanwhile, our Republican legislators are making efforts to comply with the law pending the Supreme Court’s review. On Monday, February 15th (President’s Day) the legislature will conduct public hearings across North Carolina to receive public input on the current districts and a possible court ordered revision.
As voters, it is imperative that Republicans attend these meetings and speak up to make sure their voices are heard.
All public hearings will start at 10:00 a.m.
N.C. General Assembly – Legislative Office Building
300 North Salisbury Street
Raleigh, North Carolina 27603
Guilford Technical Community College
Medlin Campus Center
The Guilford Room, Room 360
Jamestown, North Carolina 27282
Central Piedmont Community College
CPCC Central Campus
The Hall Building
1112 Charlottetown Avenue
Charlotte, North Carolina 28235
Fayetteville Technical Community College
Health-Tech Ed Building
2201 Hull Road
Fayetteville, North Carolina 28303
Cape Fear Community College
The McKeithan Center
4500 Blue Clay Road
Wilmington, North Carolina 28401
129 Steelcase Teleconference Center
Asheville, North Carolina
You may also submit public comments on redistricting here: http://www.ncleg.net/gascripts/DocumentSites/browseDocSite.asp?nID=292
The position of the North Carolina Republican Party is as follows:
– North Carolina should not be forced to redraw its congressional districts in the middle of an election cycle, where people have already begun voting.
– Delaying the congressional primaries for a court ordered redraw of the maps will cause massive voter confusion and disenfranchise thousands of voters who may not vote in a likely mid summer, stand alone congressional primary. (1998 Primary Elections: May 5th Primary for US Senate: 799,371 ballots cast and September 15th Primaries for US House: 161,596 ballots cast)
– Republicans are largely satisfied with their current representation and the constituent services they are receiving.
Again, the North Carolina Republican Party opposes the redrawing of the congressional maps. However, should the Courts require the maps be redrawn, the North Carolina Republican Party believes:
– The current 10-3 partisan split is a fair result of Republican election victories, which allows legislators to take partisan voting behavior into account when drawing districts.
– A new congressional map should keep precincts and counties whole as much as possible.
– Due to the reclining influence of North Carolina’s rural communities, it is imperative that our state’s smallest counties not be split.
– Finally, as Chief Justice Roberts said in the opinion for Parents Involved in Community Schools v. Seattle School District No. 1, “the way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race.” Any new districts should be drawn in a completely “color blind” fashion, with no regard to race or racial political quotas.
It is critical leaders like you help us mobilize Republicans for these hearings and speak as the voters of our great state.
Thank you in advance,
NCGOP Chairman Hasan Harnett and Executive Director Dallas Woodhouse