HOW IS GERRYMANDERING
AFFECTING YOUR COMMUNITY?
HELP US STOP GERRYMANDERING IN NORTH CAROLINA
Meet Gerry Mander
“It’s true! I really do rig your elections. No kidding around. But it’s not my fault! Political parties use me like a puppet. My brilliant system allows them to dupe you – the voters – into believing elections are fair, that your vote always counts. They like it that way and so do I. But some – like these people at FlushGerryMander.com – want to expose my scam and flush me from the scene. It ain’t gonna happen – but you can try. Stop me if you can! Ha ha ha!”
– Gerry Mander
Isn’t he just awful! After more than 200 years of his shenanigans, it’s time to flush Gerry Mander!
How can we do that?
It’s simple, really. We’ll amend the North Carolina Constitution to replace Gerry Mander with a system that henceforth draws fair and non-partisan voting maps! You’re wondering if We the People can actually do that, aren’t you? Actually, the 170 House and Senate members of the North Carolina General Assembly must do it.
So we should just ask them, right?
Well, that’s the dicey part. Remember, it is they who conspire and connive with Gerry Mander to rig our elections. So they are reluctant to make such a change. It’s us versus them! We the People have to badger, bug, annoy, pester, hound, heckle EVERY elected representative and tell them we want Gerry Mander flushed! And if they want to keep him in power, we need to flush them too!!!!
The Impact of Gerrymandering
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!