Bill James, a longtime Republican member of the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners, suggests in a Facebook post that the voting districts and at-large system in Mecklenburg unfairly penalize Republicans. His comments come as the N.C. General Assembly is pushing bills that could change the rules in Greensboro and Wake to give Republicans more power at the local level in urban areas.
He says the GOP represents about 45% of Mecklenburg voters.
He’s wrong, based on recent election results.
I see numbers that show the percentage of GOP voters is 35 to 40%, based on non-presidential year results that tend to be more conservative.
Here are three county-wide votes from 2014 to illustrate:
N.C. Senate: former Sen. Kay Hagan received 59% of the votes in Mecklenburg, and Sen. Thom Tillis received 38%.
Mecklenburg County Commissioners at large: Democrats received 65% of the votes cast for at-large candidates.
N.C. Supreme Court (which is nonpartisan in name only): Cheri Beasley received 59% of the vote versus her challenger, Mike Robinson, who was supported by Republicans.
Check the numbers yourself at the N.C. Board of Elections.