Breaking News! LWVUS Launches Million Dollar Campaign to Ensure Fair Representation for All

With their first ever tele-town hall, The League of Women Voters of the United States announced the launching of a million dollar campaign to address redistricting challenges and to ensure fair representation for all. Called “People Powered Fair Maps,” it is a nationwide effort that will involve every state League. Each state’s situation has beenContinue reading “Breaking News! LWVUS Launches Million Dollar Campaign to Ensure Fair Representation for All”

An Accurate Census=Reliable Data for Redistricting

                The mission of the U.S. Census Bureau is to serve as the nation’s leading provider of quality data about the people of the United States and its economy – AND to provide population information for Congressional redistricting purposes.  Every ten years, the bureau counts the population and 2020 is the year for the nextContinue reading “An Accurate Census=Reliable Data for Redistricting”

How to Gerrymander!

Imagine you are a political party. At present, you control the legislature and executive of your state government and you have the power to draw the maps that divide the state into Congressional and legislative districts. You want to ensure that you retain control of the legislature in future elections, even if the voting publicContinue reading “How to Gerrymander!”

Redistricting Criteria in South Carolina

We have discussed the issue of who draws legislative district boundaries during the redistricting process. Do voters choose their representatives, or do representatives choose their voters? The criteria for drawing boundaries may be an even more important issue than who draws those boundaries in answering this question in favor of voters. There are some requirementsContinue reading “Redistricting Criteria in South Carolina”

H. 3054: A Path to Empowering Voters and Decreasing Political Polarization

Citizens across the political spectrum agree that reforming our redistricting process is essential if we are to minimize the polarization that is damaging our democracy and let voters know that their votes matter. There are differences about how to get there, but the goal is clear – a government in which voters are empowered. InContinue reading “H. 3054: A Path to Empowering Voters and Decreasing Political Polarization”

The 2020 Census–Foundation of Redistricting, and So Much More

Reapportionment (the allocation of Congressional seats based on population) and redistricting (the redrawing of boundaries for the U. S. House and state House and Senate districts) depend on an accurate, timely and complete census. Our every-decade population count also establishes guidelines for allocation of federal funds for a wide range of programs. However, there areContinue reading “The 2020 Census–Foundation of Redistricting, and So Much More”

An Opportunity to Learn!

Does My Vote Even Count? A Forum on Election Reform on Tuesday, Jan. 22, at 5:30 pm to 7 pm at the Richland County Library Main Auditorium , 1431 Assembly Street, Columbia provides a chance to learn about Redistricting. The forum panelists will include SC House Representatives Beth Bernstein, Gary Clary, Kirkman Finlay and SenatorContinue reading “An Opportunity to Learn!”