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Redistricting reform workshop to end gerrymandering on Saturday at PNW

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Time is running out for the Indiana General Assembly to reform redistricting and put an end to partisan gerrymandering before the next round of map-drawing in 2021.

The Indiana Coalition for Independent Redistricting, a consortium of groups pushing for reform, will hold a Redistricting Reform 101 activist training workshop from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Dworkin Center, Purdue Northwest University, 1201 U.S. 421 in Westville.

Sponsors for the training are Common Cause Indiana, the League of Women Voters of LaPorte County, and the League of Women Voters of the Calumet Area.

The training is free and open to everyone. Registration is required to ensure materials will be available for all and can be done at www.eventbrite.com/e/end-gerrymandering-in-indiana-tickets-50227912037

“For too long the legislative-controlled redistricting process has allowed politicians to choose their voters, instead of giving voters the ability to choose their elected officials,” said Susan Duncan, redistricting reform coordinator of the League of Women Voters of the Calumet Area. “When 2021 comes around we must have another process in place that removes the conflict of interest that exists when legislators draw the maps. We need to pass legislation to give redistricting authority to a diverse and bipartisan group of citizens who will draw maps in the public interest, not according to partisan interests.”

Julia Vaughn, policy director for Common Cause Indiana add, “Gerrymandering’s impact is clear in Northwest Indiana: it limits the choices that voters have and leaves many feeling unrepresented. We’ve been holding these workshops in major cities across the state and large numbers of citizens have been turning out to learn how they can help in this fight. It’s going to take thousands of Hoosiers working together to tame the gerrymander and we need to continue building our team in Northwest Indiana. Whether you are a seasoned activist or new to the cause, I encourage everyone who wants fair maps in 2021 to attend the workshop.”

 

 

Posted 10/17/2018

 
 
 
 

 

 

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