Welcome to the YES! Weekly Pop Quiz, where we ask elected officials about their jobs. This week’s Pop Quiz focuses on redistricting and the questions are addressed to victorious candidates for NC General Assembly, who will be saddled with responsibility for redrawing political district lines next year. The rules are simple: No research, no callbacks.
1. Name at least one of type of reference data that must be taken into consideration when drawing political districts. 2. What is the US Census Bureau’s deadline for informing states about how many congressional seats they will be apportioned? 3. True or false: Guilford County is not covered by Section 5 of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, which requires certain jurisdictions to prove that voting changes will not “deny or abridge the right to vote on account of race” and other factors before receiving pre-clearance from the US Justice Department to redraw district lines.
Rep. John Blust (R-Guilford) 1. For state legislative [districts], you take the total population of the state and divide it by 120 and you come up with mean for each district. I think for legislative [districts] you can’t vary more than 5 percent. [ ] 2. I don’t know when. I think it’s going to be this December. [ -] 3. We are. Guilford is a Voting Rights Act county. [ ]
Rep. Larry Brown (R-Forsyth) 1. Population within an area. [ ] 2. I’m not sure. [X] 3. I think they are included in that because they have some minority districts in Guilford County. [ ]
Rep. Larry Womble (D-Forsyth) 1. Population is one. [ ] 2. 2011. [ -] 3. False. [ ]
1. Numeric components include population and voter registration values, while geographic components include roads, rivers and political boundaries that can be graphically displayed on a map.
2. Dec. 31, 2010