Butterfield Statement on Unconstitutional Congressional Map

Jan 9, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) today released the following statement regarding the United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina ruling on North Carolina’s Congressional district map:

“I applaud the decision of the federal judges.  The decision reaffirms my long held belief that Republicans in the North Carolina General Assembly drew the congressional map with the express purpose of maximizing the number of Republican congressional districts.  Republicans comprise 30 percent of registered voters in North Carolina, yet they crafted a congressional map that would ensure Republican success in ten of thirteen districts, or 76 percent.  The Republicans made this case relatively simple when they admitted in court that the congressional map was drawn for partisan political advantage. 

“As the Court stated, North Carolina voters have been deprived of a constitutional districting plan for the past decade.  So I urge the Republican dominated General Assembly to promptly comply with the Court’s order by developing a fair congressional map that doesn’t disadvantage Democratic voters.”