MENOMONIE — Gerrymandering — political distortion of voting districts — is the topic of the first forum sponsored by the new local League of Women Voters. The event is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. June 1 at Dunn County Judicial Center, 615 Stokke Parkway.
Wisconsin’s redistricting after the 2010 census was last winter ruled unconstitutionally gerrymandered, and a federal court ordered the state to redraw legislative districts by Nov. 1, 2017. Few voters understand what redistricting and gerrymandering means. Even fewer know how gerrymandering dilutes their voices as citizens.
The League of Women Voters of the Greater Chippewa Valley in its forum will host two speakers to explain redistricting and the gerrymandering. Jay Heck, executive director of Wisconsin Common Cause, and Andrea Kaminski, executive director of Wisconsin League of Women Voters, will present background, answer questions and lead a discussion on political redistricting.
Several states have filed lawsuits to require that legislators make redistricting less partisan and fairer.
For more information about the League of Women Voters visit facebook.com/leagueofwomenvotersgcv.