One 2019 lawsuit successfully changed Asheville being packed into one district, while another 2019 lawsuit successfully challenged Asheville being split across districts. Buncombe County will have three North Carolina House districts, and either packing Asheville into one district or spreading it across three could subject the map to a lawsuit. A compromise would be to have most of Asheville split between two House districts while having the third district represent rural parts of Buncombe County.
The geography of Cumberland and Moore counties will force legislators to make tough choices when drawing North Carolina Senate districts for them. Legislators could draw relatively compact districts, but at the expense of splitting Fayetteville. Keeping Fayetteville together would help North Carolina comply with the Voting Rights Act.
Caldwell County leaders do not want the county to be split in redistricting, and the county has political clout. Despite that, Caldwell County is certainly going to be split between state Senate districts and may be split between state House districts. Caldwell County’s redistricting predicament demonstrates how the constraints of law and geography limit how legislators can draw districts.
North Carolina’s unique county clustering process is a way of balancing constitutional requirements of keeping counties whole and having equal populations of legislative districts. The county clustering process is simple in principle but can be complex in application. The whole county provision of the North Carolina State Constitution and redistricting criteria adopted by the General Assembly substantially influence how districts can be drawn within county clusters.
North Carolina has strict laws dictating how charities and nonprofits can solicit funds. In order for a charity or nonprofit to raise money in North Carolina, it must file and have an active license with the Secretary of State's office. Action NC's license expired back in August 2018.
Multimember districts for the North Carolina General Assembly were once common but were struck down over how they diluted minority voting strength. Multimember districts disconnect representatives from their constituents. Multimember districts force voters to consider many more candidates, making ballots more confusing.
An investigation by the North Carolina Office of the State Auditor exposed corruption and incompetence in the city government of Rocky Mount. State Senator Lisa Barnes has introduced legislation that would ban the corrupt practices exposed by the investigation. The North Carolina NAACP claims that the anti-corruption bill would "strip black people of their vote and their voice."
SB 689 would take up recent Locke recommendations for broadband expansion. It would charge broadband providers fairer rates for utility-pole attachments, including the net book value of any pole needing replacement, and expedite resolution by the NC Utilities Commission of any pole-attachment disputes.
posted November 3, 2020 by Dr. Donald R. van der Vaart
The Democrats' lawyers admit those ballots that were possessed by “someone who was not authorized to possess the ballot” — a clear violation of the law, and a Class I felony to boot — but demand under a memo signed by an unelected bureaucrat that those ballots should still be counted, immediately.