We the People participate in our political system by voting for individuals we expect will represent us – to design how our communities look and function with regard to safety, jobs, air quality, housing, and education.
When political parties rig elections for their own power and gain, the result is an unfair and unrepresentative democracy. Elections are non-competitive. Quality candidates are discouraged from running. Voters have fewer choices.
At a time of exhausting political polarization, we need honest, broad-minded representatives who focus on things that matter, not myopic individuals focused on the next hot “wedge issue.” But today our role as voters is being obliterated by extraordinary amounts of money, unchecked corporate power, lobbyists, and – yes – political parties.
In 2016 North Carolina legislative elections – under unfair gerrymandered maps – more than 90 percent of our state legislators either ran unopposed or won by double-digit margins. Not a single one of 13 U.S. Congressional race was competitive. That is NOT democracy!