Why Raleigh’s Agenda is on the Asheville Ballot this Fall

Voters protest the impact of the N.C. General Assembly’s latest redistricting measures.

Democracy NC leads community teach-in on 2017 referendum affecting Asheville City Council districts.

On Tuesday, October 17, at 6 p.m., the voting rights group Democracy North Carolina will host an educational event at the Wesley Grant Center (285 Livingston St., Asheville 28801) to discuss a referendum on Asheville City Council districts on the ballot for the 2017 general election.

This 90-minute teach-in will feature sessions providing a detailed look at redistricting from UNC Asheville Political Science Professor Ashley Moraguez; an overview by Democracy North Carolina Campaign Director Marcus Bass of how the North Carolina political landscape is shaping elections in Asheville; and an interactive map-drawing simulation by local Geographic Information System and Urban Planning Professional Blake Esselstyn, founder of Frontwater, LLC of Asheville.

“As redistricting continues to take center stage on the state and federal level, it’s vital that we also understand the impact of the N.C. General Assembly’s latest redistricting measures on municipalities like Asheville,” said Bass. “From background on the local redistricting process to the intricacies of mapmaking, this event will offer a deeper dive into what this fall’s ballot referendum truly means for voters in Asheville and its broader implications for other places like it across the state.”


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