Making Democracy Work

Fair Elections and Redistricting Reform

Fair Elections Action Team Meetings

The Fair Elections Action Team (FEAT) team will meet on March 13, 2018 at 4 pm at

Chapel Hill Public Library 100 Library Drive Chapel Hill, NC 17514

We will meet in meeting room A.

At each monthly meeting, we will have an update on what is happening in the legislature and courts, reporting on our assignments, and organizing for further action.

The League of Women Voters believes that congressional districts and government legislative bodies should be apportioned substantially on population. The League is convinced that this standard, established by the Supreme Court, should be maintained and that the U.S. Constitution should not be amended to allow for consideration of factors other than population in apportionment.

The League of Women Voters believes responsibility for redistricting preferably should be vested in an independent special commission, with membership that reflects the diversity of the unit of government, including citizens at large, representatives of public interest groups, and members of minority groups.


The ODC Fair Elections Team will focus its efforts for the fall and winter of 2017-18 on two projects, Follow-the-Money Research Project and a Speakers Bureau Project. In addition we will sponsor a League-wide meeting on September 10 (see information above).

The Follow-the-Money Research Project is being directed by Jennifer Bremer as the leader of the LWV-NC Fair Elections Action Team. The tasks are to identify contributors and supporters of Republican legislators; invite these contributors and supporters to become part of a coalition to talk with legislators about reform; and work with the coalition to produce reform.

Speakers Bureau Project. The State League has produced a Power Point that is available to all local Leagues to serve a basis for a presentation. This project will research diverse groups to speak to and will make presentations to these groups. Suzana Dancy and Becky Winders will lead this group.

Members of the Fair Elections Action Team participated in several activities over the past month.
- Four ODC members of the GA Lobbying Team attended the end-of-year review of the team's work on redistricting.
- Jennifer Bremer gave an informal talk on the status of redistricting reform at the monthly Orange County happy hour
- Mary Russel Roberson reported on her legislative activity to the Durham Unit.
- Several ODC members participated in the two meetings/hearings held by the NCGA's joint House and Senate redistricting committees in preparation for the upcoming Covington partial redistricting.

LWV Redistricting Reform Actions & Resources

  • LWVODC has created a new Action Team: "Redistricting Reform: Fair Maps/Fair Elections." Program Leaders are Bev Kawalec, Jean LeCluyse, and Markie Davis. To learn more about this new Action Team, contact Bev Kawalec (

  • The Board of Directors of LWVNC has agreed to support HB200 & SB209, a pair of identical companion bills that would mandate nonpartisan redistricting in North Carolina, effective 2021. LWVNC's Fair Elections Action Team will provide leadership in education and advocacy about this bill. Read more.

    If HB200 & SB209 are not signed into law during in this legislative session, the LWVNC Fair Elections League Action Team will explore and evaluate possible alternatives to those two companion bills that might, perhaps, more adequately serve our diverse populations.

  • LWVUS ADOPTS NEW POSITION ON REDISTRICTING There is a new version of the LWVUS position on redistricting, adopted at Convention 2016 and available online here.

  • Resources
    - Fair Elections LWVNC webpage has a listing of reading materials and videos regarding redistricting.
    - LWV Redistricting ACTION Kit is online! A template letter to the editor and candidate/elected official questions are part of the package!