To fulfill promise on redistricting, Cooper looks to 2019
Gov. Roy Cooper said on the campaign trail that he’d work to create a nonpartisan redistricting commission “to make voting districts fair and competitive.”
The political party that controls the North Carolina legislature draws election districts. Judges have found some GOP-drawn legislative and congressional election maps to be gerrymandered; Democratic-drawn districts were struck down in the past. Cooper says the map-making process should be in the hands of an independent commission.
The problem for Cooper is that legislative Republicans appear to have little appetite for such a setup.
Cooper hopes to make progress on the promise after legislative elections this fall, when he predicts Democrats will gain more power in the capital.
“I think, after next year’s legislative elections, you’re going to see significantly more balance in the General Assembly and I would hope that that would be an issue on which we agree,” Cooper said in a December interview. “We need a nonpartisan commission to draw these districts.”
We rate this promise as Stalled.