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    Fall 2021 Workshop

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    September 25, 2021 at 8:45am
    WHERE
    Online only
    $10.00 USD · 48 rsvps
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    LWVMD Calls For Redistricting Transparency

    August 12, 2021
    PRESS RELEASE
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    With today’s Census Bureau’s data release the League of Women Voters of Maryland (LWVMD) calls for a redistricting process that includes maximum opportunity for public scrutiny. We are calling upon the Legislative Redistricting Advisory Commission (LRAC) to:

    (1) demonstrate transparency by adhering to the Maryland General Assembly’s own Open Meetings Act;
    (2) release the preliminary maps in a format suitable for quantitative analysis (GeoJSon) as soon as they are completed;
    (3) hold multiple hybrid hearings, starting 2 weeks after the Commission releases its preliminary maps; and
    (4) allow sufficient time for comments received at those hearings to be considered by the Commission—well before the start of the General Assembly’s 90-day session.

    The LWVMD further calls on the LRAC to demonstrate its commitment to fairness by adopting standards, before its
    process begins, that DO NOT:
    ● consider how individuals are registered to vote, how they have voted in the past, or the political parties to which
    they belong; and
    ● consider the domicile or residence of any incumbent officeholder or potential candidates.

    “In a democracy, voters must have the opportunity to pick their own legislators, not the other way around.” said DeborahMitchell, LWVMD co-president. “Trust between the voters and the people they elect must be nurtured.”For the first time a new form of public input is available: maps created by communities of interest (COI). The LWVMD requests that the LRAC reach out and gather COI maps from underrepresented communities and consider them in their mapping deliberations. Splitting communities is a form of voter suppression.

    The LWVMD challenges the LRAC to use a dedicated website that both gathers information the Commission has released and provides information the public wishes to offer, a standard communications tool and form of transparency. At this point, the public does not even have contact information for the chair of the LRAC. Details of the LWVMD redistricting position, including background, is available on the LWVMD website.


    For more information please contact Nikki Tyree at [email protected]

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  • Upcoming events

    Saturday, September 11, 2021 at 06:00 PM

    Western Maryland Constitution Day

    Friday, September 17, 2021 at 12:00 PM
    Virtual

    Constitution Day 2021

    15th Annual Constitution Day

    Program
    Friday, September 17, 2021
    12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

    Sponsored by League of Women Voters of Maryland, the University of Maryland Francis King
    Carey School of Law, the University of Maryland, Baltimore, and the University of Maryland, College Park, Dept. of Government and Politics, MLAW Program

    Topic:

    An Audacious Idea Whose Time Has Come: The Democracy Constitution

    Speakers:

    Sanford Levinson, Garwood Centennial Chair in Law and Government, University of Texas School of Law

    Michael Tomasky, editor of “Democracy: A Journal of Ideas” and editor of “The New Republic”

    Commentators:

    Leslie Henry, Professor of Law at the University of Maryland School of Law

    Mark A. Graber, University System of Maryland Regents Professor

    Chair:Peter Danchin, Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development and Jacob
    A. France Professor of Law, University of Maryland School of Law

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    email and local League to [email protected] Questions? 301-328-1845

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