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Newsletter Oct. 11, 2010

  1. 1. Campaign Commentary 1432 Ferncliff Road Charlotte, NC 28211 704-366-8748 October 11, 2010 Campaign Update Charlotte, NC Campaign Commentary with Rep. Ruth Samuelson Election day is still three weeks away, but North Carolinians can actually begin casting their ballots this Thursday, when early voting kicks off across the state. I often vote early so I can be assured that no unexpected election-day issue will get in the way of me exercising my 19th Amendment right. But whether you are planning to go to the poll this week or at the last minute on Nov. 2, it’s important to know that your vote in the state legislative elections will have repercussions well into the future! The legislators you elect this year will be grappling not only with big issues such as the economy and the state budget, but also with the less prominent issue of redistricting.
  2. 2. Every ten years, the state legislature is required to take the results of the decennial U.S. Census and use those new numbers to reconfigure every legislative and U.S. congressional district in North Carolina. How those district lines are drawn next year will affect every state legislative election, every U.S. Congressional election AND every vote taken by the officials chosen in those elections for the next decade – until 2021! In North Carolina – as in other states – the redistricting process has been highly politicized, with members of the party in power often drawing the districts to best protect their interests – rather than the interests of voters. Last year, I and more than a dozen other Republicans co-sponsored a bill that would have established an independent redistricting commission to remove some of the politics from the redistricting process. Unfortunately, that bill has been stuck in committee for the last 20 months, and now it is unlikely the legislature would be able to pass the bill and set up a commission in time for the 2011 redistricting process. (If we can, I will support it!) As a result, it’s even more important that we elect legislators this year who understand the need for a fair redistricting process that accurately reflects the political balance in the state. For Mecklenburg County – which will likely gain state House and Senate seats as a result of our population growth – it’s also essential to have representatives who understand the demographics of our area. The upcoming redistricting process also adds import to this year’s state judicial elections. The last redistricting plan spurred a lengthy and complex court battle, and everyone expects that there will be a legal challenge to the upcoming plan as well -- regardless of who draws the lines. I’m sure many groups will be expressing their opinions regarding who are the most able candidates for the state judiciary. As a member of the GOP, I would offer the state or
  3. 3. county party’s website as good sources of information. You can find links to those sites as well as the Mecklenburg County Board of Elections on the “Links” tab of my website, Whether you vote early, absentee or just in time, please vote wisely. In Mecklenburg County, the Hal Marshall Annex uptown will be the only early voting location until next Monday, when more than a dozen sites – including the Morrison Library branch in my home district – open for business. Mecklenburg County’s elections board website mentioned above has a complete list of voting places and times. If you have any questions or comments about the redistricting process, I hope you’ll contact me by going to my website – -- and clicking on “Ask Ruth.” I’m always interested in hearing your thoughts! Best wishes, Ruth Samuelson District 104, Mecklenburg County Raleigh office address: 418B Legislative Office Building Raleigh, NC 27603-5925 (919) 715-3009 – Follow me on Twitter Join my Network on LinkedIn Or Friend me on Facebook
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