After the 2011 redistricting process North Carolina was one of the most gerrymandered states in the country. In 2019, Mountain Philanthropies supported the National Redistricting Foundation (NRF), Common Cause and the law firm Arnold & Porter in litigation that successfully overturned gerrymandered maps in the State for the United States House of Representatives and both chambers of the General Assembly.
Partisan gerrymandering in North Carolina was so extreme that it effectively predetermined which party would control the legislature before any votes were cast. This kind of map manipulation increases polarization and frustrates citizens who feel like their vote doesn’t count and their government doesn’t represent their views. In each case, the plaintiffs — voters whose rights have been harmed by extreme partisan gerrymandering — successfully argued the manipulated electoral maps violate the North Carolina Constitution.