Patriotic Millionaires: NC Gerrymandering Can’t Wait for a Fix

Tuesday, June 06


“North Carolinians should not spend one day more than necessary with a government that does not represent them.”


Washington, DC – This morning, following the US Supreme Court’s affirmation of a decision to strike down racially gerrymandered state legislative districts in North Carolina, the Chair of the Patriotic Millionaires Morris Pearl, former managing director at BlackRock Inc., issued the following statement:


“We are encouraged that the Supreme Court found these North Carolina districts to be illegally racially gerrymandered, but the Court’s decision to reconsider previously-ordered special elections is deeply troubling. If the district maps illegally disenfranchise black voters, as the Court agrees, this is not an issue that can be put off until 2018. Illegal gerrymandering is not just a problem on Election Day. Gerrymandering is a problem every single day thousands of voters are left without the fair and adequate representation they are owed. North Carolinians should not spend one day more than necessary with a government that does not represent them. Redistricting and special elections must occur this year, and we hope the lower court will uphold its previous decision and correct this shameful problem as soon as possible.”


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