Republican Maps Preserve Partisan Gerrymandering

Feb 20, 2022 | News, Press Release

 Senate Democratic Leader Dan Blue and Representative Robert Reives released the following statement on the Senate’s passage of remedial district maps: 

“I applaud the House leadership’s commitment to compromise on the House map. The near-unanimous vote told the story: Democrats and Republicans rolled up their sleeves and passed a bipartisan district map that is fair, proportional, and provides an opportunity for growth over the next decade.

“The House compromise has made the stalemate in the Senate all the more disappointing. Senate Republicans appear to think they know better than the Supreme Court. The revised maps work around the illegal gerrymanders rather than providing a true remedy.

“While Senate Republicans did offer us a last-minute compromise in Wake, New Hanover and Mecklenburg counties, their overall strategy has been simple: box in Senate Democrats from gaining more than 21 seats for the next decade.

“Senate Republicans cherry-picked and applied parts of the court opinion that worked in their favor while ignoring other aspects. At the end of the day, the illegal partisan gerrymandering still stands in the latest Senate map.

“Senate Democrats were hopeful to find a legislative solution to these constitutional violations,” Blue added. “Following the passage of the Republican Senate map, we now look to the court to provide a legal remedy.”