Why map your community?

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Mapping your community and identifying its shared interests allows public officials to take your community’s concerns into account during redistricing.

What is

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Every ten years, the United States draws new voting districts. District lines decide who votes for which representatives in local, state, and federal elections.

What is gerrymandering?

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Politicians have been splitting up or packing together communities into voting districts that silence their voices. Mapping your community of interest helps fight gerrymandering.

What is a Community of Interest?

A Community of Interest is a geographic area that shares cultural, historical, or economic interests.

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Your neighborhood
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People you want to choose representatives with
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A local group connected by an interest

Redistricting in 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.

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.

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.

See community maps drawn in North Carolina