And before the voting machines have cooled off from the deluge, there's major national news about Sessions, RBG falling (millions of people would donate ribs to her!), Kemp resigning (that should have happened BEFORE the election he both ran in and supervised). Nonetheless, we're going to look a little more at what happened in NC on Tuesday and what comes next for our state.
Some big take-aways:
- GERRYMANDERING! From Politics NC (subscription): "Republicans won 66 seats in the house to Democrats' 54. However, Democrats received 51% of the overall vote to Republicans’ 48.5%. In the NC Senate, Republicans won 29 seats (58%) but only 50.5% of the vote and Democrats 21 (42%), but got 48.5% of the vote. In Congress, Republicans won 50.3% of the overall vote but 77% of the seats (10-3)." What's next on this? The courts have mandated some new district lines by 2020, but fair districts remains a major issue that the NCGA must address in 2019. More from Progressive Pulse.
- NC's urban/rural political divide is growing. Again from Politics NC: "Fast growing urban/suburban counties are increasingly Democratic while exurban and rural counties are moving further to the right. For instance, in rural Cleveland County, home to Speaker Tim Moore, almost every race in the county had the same margin, 65% Republican, 35% Democrat while in Wake, a relatively popular Republican sheriff lost to his Democratic challenger. Over time, the state will almost surely be more Democratic in statewide contests because of growth patterns, but gerrymandering could protect GOP majorities in the legislature and Congressional districts for years." Mecklenburg and Wake Counties swung to Democrats, while rural areas remained Republican. What's next on this? Same as gerrymandering above, plus grassroots efforts to reach out to unaffiliated and moderate rural voters before 2020.
- The NC General Assembly (NCGA) has a lame duck session starting Nov 27 at which they will let voters know what the Photo ID constitutional amendment they passed really means. Will Nana be able to vote with her expired driver's license? Will young people be able to use their student photo IDs? Hint: both these forms of ID were nixed in the NCGA's last attempt at photo ID, which was overturned by the courts. Constitutional amendments are harder to overturn than laws, so the NCGA may feel emboldened to try again with a restrictive and racist list of acceptable photo ID. They will also share the "implementation language" (ie, details) they undoubtedly have ready to go on the other three constitutional amendments voters passed. What's next? Democracy NC Responds, Voter ID critics aren't giving up fight, Stronger NC, what we can do NOW.
- A good summary from WRAL and two good articles from NC Policy Watch: Now what?, A requiem for the GOP supermajority.
Read this and be inspired to STAY INVOLVED! To exhausted activists and young voters: Don't you dare stop now!