Reminder: Maps Were Drawn by Democratic Mapmaker, Amended Only by Dem Legislators, and Passed with Majority-Dem Support

For second time in 10 years, Republicans won majorities under maps drawn by Democrats

Raleigh, N.C. — Republicans again won a majority in the state senate under maps drawn by Democrats.

Here’s a quick refresher on how the current maps came to be.

The Democratic Party hired University of Michigan professor Dr. Jowei Chen to produce thousands of simulated maps as part of a lawsuit.

One of the maps produced by the Democratic Party’s mapmaker, Dr. Chen, was chosen at random by a lottery ball machine.

The only changes to the randomly-selected map drawn by the Democratic Party’s mapmaker, Dr. Chen, were made by Democratic legislators.

Here are quotes from Democratic lawmakers about the current maps, which a majority of Democratic senators voted to support:

  • “I feel as someone who has been a frequent critic of redistricting, I’m duty-bound to acknowledge these are the fairest maps and this was the fairest process to occur in NC in my lifetime.” — Sen. Jeff Jackson (D-Mecklenburg)

Sen. Ralph Hise (R-Mitchell), who co-chairs the Senate Redistricting Committee, said, “Republicans won under districts drawn by the Democratic Party’s own mapmaking expert, selected at random by a lottery ball machine, and then amended again by Democrats. Hopefully this puts to rest the decade-long redistricting saga.”

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