Congressman Mel Watt said today that the Republican redistricting plan tries to pack too many African-American voters into his 12th district and other places in the state.
The result, Watt said, “will almost certainly result in protracted and costly litigation, uncertainty and cynicism.”
“The Republicans have gone out of their way to pack African-American voters into the 12th District and in the process, have made races the compelling rationale for the proposed district,” said Watt, the former chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus.
“This is neither justified nor sanctioned by the Voting Rights Act,” Watt said. “It represents a disappointing effort by the Republicans to dilute and minimize the political influence of African-American votes in the Piedmont by packing all of them into the 12th district so none of them have influence in the adjoining districts. It also represents a sinister Republican effort to use African Americans as pawns in their effort to gain partisan, political gains in Congress.”