Today’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court affirms what many in North Carolina knew – the state’s congressional districts were deliberately drawn in 2011 to mute the voices of minority voters. By upholding last year’s lower court ruling, the justices reinforced the value of every vote. For the Council and others, this has been and remains a key tenet of justice and equity — allowing every voter, regardless of circumstance, to equally impact the democratic process. This very welcome decision ratifies that.
About Aleta Payne, Former Deputy Executive Director
Aleta Payne first joined the Council staff in the spring of 2001 as the Communications Associate. She continues to oversee that work along with development, represents the Council in several partnership efforts, and serves in other administrative roles, as well. Aleta is a graduate of the University of Virginia with a degree in government and foreign affairs and spent much of her early career as a journalist. She has three young adult sons who continue to come home to Cary for dinner, or at least groceries, and two young adult terrier-mix dogs who keep the nest from feeling too empty.