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Published On 5/13/2022
Public Comment from LWV-Wake President, Cheryl Tung for HOUSE SELECT COMMITTEE ON AN EDUCATION SYSTEM FOR NORTH CAROLINA'S FUTURE
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RALEIGH, N.C. — "For the first time in North Carolina history, the biggest block of voters doesn’t belong to the Republican or Democratic Party. Instead, they are unaffiliated voters.

More than 2.516 million voters now identify as outside of the major parties. In N.C., more than 2.5 million are registered as Democrats, and more than 2.197 million are registered Republicans.

Cheryl Tung is one of those unaffiliated voters."

See the entire interview with Mary Helen Jones of Spectrum News.

View Cheryl's Interview at https://bit.ly/3LLrtRn.
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Published On 1/13/2022
"Tuesday’s redistricting ruling, while disappointing, does not dispute that intentional partisan gerrymandering occurred. The League of Women Voters of Wake County would like to thank Southern Coalition for Social Justice and Hogan Lovells LLP for all their work in the fight for free and fair elections and voting rights. We remain optimistic that, upon appeal to the NC Supreme Court, North Carolinians will retain the right to participate in competitive and fair elections."

- Cheryl Tung, president LWV-Wake
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Published On 12/1/2021
Letter published 12/1/21 in Raleigh News & Observer from presidents Cheryl Tung of LWV-Wake and Gerald Givens of the Raleigh-Apex NAACP:

Unfortunately, the N.C. General Assembly has once again decided to create barriers to voting by reinstating restrictive ballot delivery deadlines that they themselves voted to expand 12 years ago.
A bill recently passed by the N.C. legislature shortens the delivery time absentee ballots can be received and counted. Absentee ballots sent on time should be counted, even when the U.S. mail is running slower than we would like.
If Senate Bill 326 had been in effect in 2020, 11,000 ballots would have been tossed out.
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Published On 11/17/2021
The Raleigh City Council is in process of drawing new districts for the 2022 election. Learn more.
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Published On 11/4/2021
At the October 4 meeting of the Wake Board of Commissioners, LWV-Wake president Cheryl Tung urged transparency and fair process in redistricting the Board's seats.
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Published On 11/4/2021
LWV-Wake president Cheryl Tung presented the League's recommendations for a transparent process as the NC General Assembly took up map drawing for Congressional, NC Senate, and NC House seats.
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Published On 11/4/2021
LWV-Wake president Cheryl Tung presented comments to the Raleigh City Council on November 1, 2021 regarding the process adopted for redistricting.
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Published On 8/24/2021
Published 8/23/2021 in Raleigh News & Observer

Wake County was excluded from the list of 10 proposed public hearing sites for the upcoming round of redistricting. In addition, hearings have only been scheduled prior to maps being released, which prevents the public from providing meaningful feedback on maps once they have been drawn.

Wake is now the largest county in the state and its citizens should have an opportunity to provide public testimony before and after new voting maps are drawn. If the General Assembly is committed to and open and transparent redistricting process, then opportunities for public participation must be broadened to provide more opportunities for citizen participation.

Laurel Voelker,
Redistricting Chair, League of Women Voters of Wake County
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Published On 8/13/2021
In a letter to the Raleigh News and Observer, LWV-Wake calls for a state budget that is free of articles that limit elections in North Carolina.
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Published On 8/12/2021
The NC General Assembly's Redistricting Committees called for public comment on the criteria to be used for drawing voting maps for the next decade. Cheryl Tung advocated the League's position: the duty of our leaders to conduct their business in the open with public input at every stage.
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North Carolina's Republican-led legislature soon will start the decennial redistricting process. One question is, will they look back on a decade's worth of litigation to carve a path towards fairer political maps or to gain as much political advantage as possible before courts take up the inevitable lawsuits?

Host Rusty Jacobs talks with Cheryl Tung of the League of Women Voters of Wake County about the group's Fair Maps Art Contest, and with UNC School of Government Prof. Robert Joyce about redistricting and lessons learned from the past decade's legal battles over North Carolina's voting maps.
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Press releases

Published On 4/7/2022
The League of Women Voters of Wake County is pleased to sponsor a forum for candidates running for Cary Town Council. Event co-sponsors include the NAACP, NCAAT, and WakeUp Wake County. All co-sponsors are nonpartisan and do not endorse candidates.
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Published On 10/4/2021
The League of Women Voters of Wake County is pleased to announce two winners in our Fair Maps Art Contest to raise awareness of redistricting issues in North Carolina. Winners received cash prizes.

Winners:
1st Place: Elizabeth Trefney, of Raleigh – “Real Maps Real Voices”
2nd Place: Anna Podris, of Raleigh – “Democracy is Rooted in Fair Voting Districts”

These original works are inspired by the League’s belief that voting districts—which the legislature will draw this year—should be fair. Those who draw the maps should avoid partisan politics in the process; that process should provide an abundance of transparency and ample opportunities for public input. The contest fits with LWV-Wake’s mission to educate voters and advocate for a healthy democracy by encouraging informed and active participation in government.
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Published On 8/20/2021
Wake County, the state’s most populous county, was excluded from the list of 10 counties for proposed public hearing sites that was released on Wednesday. In addition, public hearings have only been scheduled prior to maps being drafted with no hearings scheduled after maps have been drawn and released to the public. This prohibits any meaningful feedback from the public on proposed voting maps.
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Published On 2/4/2021
League of Women Voters Announces Citizens Advocacy Week on Redistricting

RALEIGH, NC, January 11, 2021 - The League of Women Voters of Wake County today announces a Citizens Advocacy Week to raise awareness for the upcoming round of redistricting. This action is scheduled for the week of January 25th, two weeks after the NC General Assembly reconvenes for the 2021 session.
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