State Senator John Alexander, and the whole Republican party in North Carolina, are in trouble. A court determined that the state’s Republican-drawn election maps - which determines whose votes count in which district - were biased!
Drawing these maps to guarantee your party’s victory is called “gerrymandering,” and it’s especially illegal when you do it along racial lines.
North Carolina is redrawing the maps to make them fair, but there’s been a LOT of controversy.
Documents show Republicans indeed drew their maps along racial lines. They even split an HBCU in half so Black students would have less power - and then LIED about it in 2018!
Now, they’re forced by the courts to have an “open, transparent” process - but called the only public meeting for comment on the maps minutes before the meeting!
Very few people could make it in time, so essentially the public had no input.
Finally, because the courts forced them to livestream the process, Senator Alexander was caught on tape altering the maps on his own to make them more Republican-friendly.
When he got caught? He resigned! He says he wants to “spend more time with [his] family,” but the timing is very suspicious.
State legislators have WAY more power than we think - the maps they draw determine whether your vote counts! As 2020 approaches, pay attention to your local elections as much as to the President!