MILFORD - The League of Women Voters of Pike County is sponsoring a presentation on Gerrymandering and Redistricting, and their effects on governance, accountability, and the economy. The presentation will be led by Fritz Walker of Fair Districts PA (FDPA) on Wednesday evening, April 19, at 7 p.m. at the Pike County Public Library Meeting Room at 119 East Harford Street, Milford.
The public is invited.
Fair Districts PA is a non-partisan grassroots coalition of citizens and organizations that was created to work for change regarding the unfair practice of manipulating voting maps in order to protect incumbents. Among their guiding principles are the promotion of competitive elections and working to make changes to the Pennsylvania process of drawing districts that result in impartial, transparent and accountable redistricting.
Walker and other representatives of the group have been attracting overflow audiences for their presentations throughout the state.
Currently, FDPA is hoping to raise grassroots public support for SB 22, a bipartisan bill which was introduced into the Pennsylvania Senate in February by State Senators Mario Scavello (R-Monroe/Northampton) and Lisa Boscola (D-Lehigh/Northampton). The bill would establish an 11-member independent citizens commission comprised of four individuals registered with the largest political party in the Commonwealth, four registered with the second-largest party, and three people not affiliated with either major political party. The commission would draw up both Congressional and state legislative district maps. It would take a majority of seven – with support from a qualified majority of Commission members — for a redistricting plan to win approval.
Liz Forrest, president of the local League of Women Voters and a member of the state league board of directors, said, “No matter how often we hear the cry of ‘Vote ‘em out,’ somewhere between 92% and 96% of all legislative incumbents will continue to be reelected unless something is done. Having seen this presentation in Monroe County last month, I would encourage anyone – whether Republican, Democratic or Independent – to attend.”
There is no charge for the program, but donations are always welcome to support the work of the LWV and FDPA.
For more information on the group, visit their website at www.FairDistrictsPA.com. For those interested in becoming members of the local League of Women Voters, visit our web page at http://www.lwvpike.org.