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AOTL NC Community Mapping Project

Organized by All On The Line North Carolina in NC


AOTL NC's Community Mapping Project was designed to train and empower ordinary North Carolinians to map their home communities and to use those maps to advocate for fair and equitable representation during the redistricting process.

This organization has partnered with Representable to allow people to draw communities of interest and share information about the interests and needs in those communities.

Making this information available encourages mapmakers to take these communities into account during redistricting, in order to avoid gerrymandering and the “packing and cracking” of marginalized groups.

In 2021, voting district lines across the country will be redrawn to determine who represents the people of your state.

In North Carolina, maps are drawn by the state Legislature by ordinary statute. Unlike most states, the resulting plans are not subject to the Governor's veto.

Representable will help you tell mapmakers about your community interests and boundaries, so that they can fairly consider it when they draw new voting district lines.

In addition to the federal requirements of one person, one vote and the Voting Rights Act, North Carolina’s state constitution requires that state legislative and congressional districts: 

  • be contiguous
  • avoid county splits. 

In 2011, the redistricting committees adopted additional criteria requiring that state legislative and congressional districts: 

  • be compact 
  • avoid pairing incumbents
  • do not use racial data

The state Supreme Court has also held that state legislative districts should:

  • keep counties whole
  • consider communities of interest.
Communities of Interest in North Carolina

In the redistricting process, the North Carolina Supreme Court requires the consideration of communities of interest (COIs). While not constitutionally defined, NC citizens can still present their own COIs to the redistricting commissions to advocate for fair representation. A community of interest is a population that shares cultural, historical, demographic, or economic interests. Communities of interest do not necessarily share the same political viewpoints or support for certain candidates or political parties.