December 12, 2019
For Immediate Release
Contact: Delores Pregliasco
League of Women Voters of Kentucky awarded grant to promote fair redistricting
The League of Women Voters of Kentucky has been awarded a $2,000 grant from the League of Women Voters of the United States to lead a campaign to promote fair and representative legislative districts in Kentucky.
Kentucky’s legislature is charged with drawing new legislative maps after each census. These maps group voters into districts that elect representatives in the Kentucky House, Kentucky Senate, and U.S. House of Representatives. As we approach the 2020 Census, the new League initiative will focus on ensuring that Kentucky redistricting is fair, and on educating voters statewide about fair redistricting.
“Democracy flourishes when citizens are active and informed participants in the democratic process,” explains Kentucky League president Fran Wagner. “Our redistricting work will seek strong citizen input in designing new districts through a collaborative, transparent process. We will also advocate for fair and competitive districts, so that voters choose their representatives rather than politicians choosing their voters through gerrymandering.”
The grant from the national League will support partnership activities, materials for local forums and presentations, and a Day of Action held in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of the founding of the League of Women Voters. Related work will happen across the country as League chapters join in a shared “People-Powered Fair Maps” campaign.
The League of Women Voters of Kentucky is a nonpartisan organization that encourages informed and active participation of citizens in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy
Citizens interested in more information about and/or joining the Kentucky Fair Maps Coalition can check: https://kentuckyfairmaps.org/