UNDER THE DOME: Both parties say they want redistricting — but in very different ways
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Both here and across the country, the redistricting process was the main focus of lawmakers Thursday, with those on both sides claiming the process was unfair and in need of reform.
North Carolina Democrats propose redistricting transparency bill in Congress
All of North Carolina’s Democratic lawmakers have introduced a bill that would require greater transparency in the redistricting process, saying state lawmakers secretly drew new maps without considering the public’s views.
“Lawmakers are abusing their power and trying to co-opt their voters through redistricting in states across the country,” the lawmaker said. Deborah Ross, of Wake County, at a news conference Thursday. “…It is long past time to put an end to this backwards process and restore the public’s confidence in their elected officials and their democracy.”
Ross and other Democratic lawmakers pointed out that the Legislature held only three public hearings on redistricting last year — all of which occurred before the new maps were proposed.
Republicans also put language in the state budget that did most of the communications and drafting of the redistricting process Exempt from state public records law.
The new bill is called Redistricting Transparency and Accountability Act, will require extensive opportunities for public input throughout the redistricting process. The state will need to create a public website with updated information about redistricting and hold public hearings before and after the new maps are proposed.
States have jurisdiction over their own elections, so, if passed, the new bill would only affect the redistricting process for congressional maps.
With a Republican majority in the US House of Representatives, the bill is unlikely to achieve any success this session, but Ross said she hopes the House of Representatives will elect a Democratic majority in 2024 capable of passing this legislation.
Budd pushes to exclude noncitizens from census totals in redistricting
Back in Washington, Senator. Ted Budd North Carolina on Thursday stood among a group of Senate Republicans who held their own news conference on redistricting.
Their concerns centered around people living in the United States without permission to be counted in the US Census. From there, population is used to assign Electoral College votes and create congressional districts.
This is based on the Constitution’s directives that “representatives shall be distributed among the several States according to their respective numbers, taking into account the total number of persons in each State.”
This includes non-voters, such as children and people ineligible due to criminal convictions.
But Budd said the lack of a question about citizenship on the census creates more incentives for people to cross the border without permission.
“We must stop ignoring the basic distinction between legal citizens and illegal aliens,” Budd said. “We believe it is time to reverse the failed policies of the past and ensure we have equal representation in our country.”
Sin. Bill Hagertya Republican from Tennessee, sponsored by Law of equal representation Powered by iPod. The bill would prevent the use of noncitizens to create congressional districts or allocate Electoral College votes. But when Haggerty was asked how to get people to prove their citizenship on the census, he didn’t have an immediate answer.
It’s not clear whether Hagerty’s bill would have enough support to move forward in the Senate. The Senate is majority Democratic, although that number is by a small margin, so Republicans would need approval from their entire party and some Democrats to vote in favor of the bill.
Excluding non-citizens from census figures for electoral purposes is supported by both the Heritage Foundation and the MP. Chuck Edwardsfrom Flat Rock.
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