Welcome to this week’s YES! Weekly Pop Quiz. This week’s questions are directed to members of the Guilford County commission on redistricting. The rules are simple: No research and no callbacks.
1. When redistricting, name two rules that must be followed. 2. What legislation forbids drawing districts that dilute minority voting strength? 3. Due to suburban growth in the last decade, how many Guilford County districts saw population growth over 30 percent?
Bruce Davis, District 1 1. As you draw the districts they must be contiguous…. [The drawn districts] must be met by approval from the US Justice Department. [ ] 2. The Voting Rights Act of 1965. [ ] 3. Two. [X]
Kirk Perkins, District 4 1. Must keep minority districts in mind and the population of the districts must be within a certain percentage of each other. [ ] 2. The Voting Rights Act. [ ] 3. One. [X]
Billy Yow, District 5 1. The Voter’s Act and you can’t stack districts. [ -] 2. The Voter’s Act [ ] 3. Two. [X]
1. The following are acceptable answers: Districts must be contiguous, populations must be relatively balanced and any plan must not make minorities worse off.
2. The Voting Rights Act of 1965
3. Three (districts 2, 3 and 4)