The North Carolina NAACP held a demonstration at the state capitol on Monday calling on the General Assembly to hold from passing any new bills until after the 2018 election.
The current legislature was elected based on maps that the United States Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional.
The demonstration corresponded with the 52nd Anniversary of the signing of the 1956 Voting Rights Act.
Chair of the Chapel Hill/Carrboro NAACP Anna Richards said she finds it troubling to still be dealing with voting rights violations.
“It’s ironic that 52 years after that landmark legislation was signed, we’re here in North Carolina with a General Assembly that by all accounts was elected by illegal districts,” said Richards.
Other concerns voiced at the demonstration included the expansion of charter schools and non-public school funding, legislation infringing upon LGBTQ rights, and the failure to expand Medicare.
“These are things that this illegally elected legislature has done to hurt the citizens of North Carolina,” said Richards.
The NAACP is pushing legislators to reverse some of the actions they have taken thus far through what the President of the North Carolina NAACP Reverend William Barber has called “Repent and Repeal” bills.
“Unless you’re doing repent and repeal bills, you really ought to just stand down until we get a legislature that’s legally elected,” said Richards.
Based on racial and partisan gerrymandering, Republicans were able to secure a veto-proof majority which limits Democrats influence on legislation.
According to Public Policy Polling, there is a bipartisan consensus in support of nonpartisan redistricting with 56 percent of voters support redistricting, while only 14 percent are opposed to it.
The General Assembly will reconvene on August 18 to approve new maps, and NAACP leaders are calling on lawmakers to release the new maps to the public before they are approved.