Join us–the Community Coalition for Change of Steuben County–at Carnegie Public Library of Steuben County (322 S Wayne St. Angola, IN 46703) on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at 6:30 PM to hear the League of Women Voters of Fort Wayne present about redistricting reform (a.k.a. gerrymandering).
Redistricting is the process of redrawing legislative districts to equalize the population of Congressional and legislative districts, which happens each decade after the federal census. In Indiana, the General Assembly is in charge of drawing the maps for Congress and the state legislature, and they must draw these regions so they have an equal population, are contiguous, and comply with the Voting Rights Act. Because there are so few guidelines to inform the redrawing, the consequences of gerrymandering include uncompetitive districts; low voter turnout; polarization (i.e., candidates whose political ideals are at the far end of the political spectrum versus closer to the middle); a lack of compromise among elected officials (i.e., a lack of bipartisanship); similarly minded communities can be splintered by the lines, making it difficult for the voices to be heard and, thus, their interests underserved or ignored; and an unfair electoral advantage for the majority party. According to a 2014 University of Chicago study, Indiana’s House districts are among the most gerrymandered.
To learn about how the system can be reformed and what you can do to ensure that all constituents’ voices are heard, please come to the presentation and check out the League of Women Voters of Fort Wayne’s website at http://www.lwvfw.org/.
The League of Women Voters’, a nonpartisan political organization, mission is to help educate voters so they can make informed decisions when voting. They encourage informed and active participation in government, work to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influence public policy through education and advocacy.