Join us in walking the gerrymandered line dividing District 10 & 11 in West Asheville.
Show your support for a NON-PARTISAN redistricting committee!
Online registration for the event is closed, but come and register the day of between 12:30-1:00
When : November 4, 2017
Time : 1pm-3pm
Registration begins at 12:30 pm
Where : West Asheville along Districts 10 & 11
Start @ Admiral Parking Lot
End @ The WALK
Ratf**ked author and gerrymandering expert David Daley will be joining us and will be doing a book signing!
David Daley is the author of “Ratf**ked: Why Your Vote Doesn’t Count” (W.W. Norton) and one of the country’s leading experts on gerrymandering. His work has been published by the New Yorker, the Atlantic, New York magazine, the Daily Beast, the Washington Post, Boston Globe and many other leading publications. He is the former editor-in-chief of Salon, a senior fellow at FairVote, and a digital media fellow at the University of Georgia.
Recent news and media coverage!
HBO – Vice: Divide & Conquer
The News & Observer – In this 5k race, runners will meander NC’s ‘Gerrymander’
The Union Edge Radio Show: John Kennnedy – LWV – Literally Running Around A Gerrymandered District
Runner’s World: Politics Aside, This Gerrymandered Race Route is Confusing
Actipedia.com: Gerrymander 5K run and walk
Asheville Citizen-Times: Turn, turn, turn: Gerrymander 5K planned in West Asheville
Interested in sponsoring this event? See our Sponsorship Packet for details!
What Is Gerrymandering?
Dividing a territorial unit into election districts to give one political party an electoral majority in a large number of districts while concentrating the opposition in as few districts as possible. Gerrymandering is legal; however, racial and extreme partisan gerrymandering are not. The NC state legislature is responsible for drawing district maps after every census and it is customary that the party in power draws map boundaries in order to benefit themselves. New software map-drawing and data-driven voter analysis methods have created “gerrymandering on steroids,” enabling the party in charge to pinpoint and isolate opposition voters.
Current Congressional Districts
Below is an image of the current Congressional Districts in Western North Carolina, and how it is drawn through Asheville.
Gerrymandering greatly reduces officeholder accountability to the voters because they are in safe districts. 40% of the 2016 state legislative races had NO OPPOSITION in the general election. It means voters do not have a real choice, so politicians don’t have to compete for their votes. Competition is absolutely essential for democracy and gerrymandering is a prime suspect in the cause of political/electoral gridlock. It eliminates moderate ideology, and can facilitate extreme agendas–the passing of House Bill 2 is just one example of this.
What Can I Do About It?
Walk with us! The Gerrymander 5k is a walk/run designed to educate the public on gerrymandering, protest the abuse of it, draw national attention, and advocate for a non-partisan redistricting committee. Visit this page and check the regularly emailed newsletters for updates!
The League of Women Voters has filed 5 lawsuits since the NC legislature redrew the districts in 2011 and SCOTUS has affirmed that NC districts have been racially gerrymandered. It is time for a change!