League Calls For Fair Maps Act Creating An Advisory Redistricting Commission

January 13, 2020

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January 13, 2020

 Contact:     Delores Pregliasco

                   deepregliasco@gmail.com

                   (502) 558-1712

FRANKFORT – The League of Women Voters of Kentucky is seeking legislative sponsors for a Kentucky Fair Maps Act to create a citizen-led redistricting commission to draw the next set of maps for the Commonwealth’s state and federal legislative districts.

“For much of our country’s history, partisan gerrymandering has allowed legislators to pick their voters rather than the other way around,” said Fran Wagner, president of the Kentucky League. “That’s not the way it should be, which is why more and more states are putting this responsibility into the hands of unbiased people committed to making sure communities are preserved rather than split to fulfill a political goal.”

The legislation is designed to create a fifteen-member Advisory Redistricting Commission, with eight members chosen by members of both parties in the General Assembly and seven more selected by the eight members from a list of randomly selected voters.

If the Act becomes law, the Commission will gather statewide input and develop new state and federal legislative maps of compact districts of equal size that reflect Kentucky’s diversity. While the General Assembly will make the final decision, the bill will require legislators to consider the Commission’s recommendations first and ask the Commission for revisions second, with an option of developing its own plan after completing those steps.

The goal is to develop fair maps based on wide public input. Fifteen other states have similar redistricting commissions, and a recent study found that 60 million Americans live in a state where at least one legislative chamber is controlled by a party that received fewer statewide votes.

The Kentucky Fair Maps bill is fully drafted and ready to be filed, and the League is now reaching out to legislators to obtain sponsors.

During their campaign for the Fair Maps Act, the League of Women Voters will work to build public awareness, alert legislators to citizens’ concerns, and show legislators the broad public desire for fair maps for Kentucky districts.

If passed, Wagner said that this bill will make it easier for voters to learn about and contact their legislators and ensure their interests are represented. “Court rulings over the years have reduced some of the worst impulses behind redistricting, but the U.S. Supreme Court made it clear this past summer that it will not get involved with partisan gerrymandering,” Wagner said.  “That means what happens at the state level is more important than ever. That is why it is absolutely critical that Kentucky’s legislative maps are truly reflective of Kentucky’s voters.  Anything less should not be acceptable.”

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The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan organization that promotes the informed and active participation of citizens in government through study and action. 

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League to Announce a Fair Maps Redistricting Campaign

January 10, 2020

January 9, 2020

 For Immediate Release

 Contact: Delores Pregliasco

deepregliasco@gmail.com

(502) 558-1712                

League of Women Voters of Kentucky to Announce a Fair Maps Redistricting Campaign  

The League of Women Voters of Kentucky will hold a news conference in the Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort on Monday, January 13 at 3:00 pm to announce a campaign to ensure the drawing of fair and representative legislative districts in Kentucky.

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 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


Ky League Responds to Supreme Court Decision on Partisan Gerrymandering

June 28, 2019

(Here’s the full text of our press release sent to media outlets)

On June 27, 2019, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a set of landmark redistricting cases with implications for the future of American democracy.  The Court chose not to draw a clear line between a fair district map and one that is too partisan.

The League of Women Voters of Kentucky is disappointed by the decision but determined to carry on the fight for fair districts designed by a fair process.  Across the country, partisan gerrymandering has created districts that disproportionally favor incumbents. Both political parties have abused the process, with politicians choosing their voters rather than voters choosing their representatives. We want Kentucky to do better than that.

The LWV of Kentucky will redouble efforts to ensure that the Kentucky General Assembly uses a fair, transparent procedure for redistricting after the 2020 census.  We also recommit our efforts to the passage of the For the People Act that has passed the U.S. House of Representatives and needs a hearing in the Senate.  One of the provisions of the For the People Act is the establishment of independent commissions in each state to redraw district boundaries following the census every 10 years.

“Our democracy is a work in progress, and the League won’t back down until we have a system in place that works for everyone,” Kentucky State League President, Fran Wagner, said.

 The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan organization of women and men who work to educate and involve citizens in government. The League does not support or oppose candidates for office or political parties.

Read the League’s report and resources on redistricting.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:

Patty Kannapel, LWVKY Communications Co-Chair

502-645-6423

kentuckylwv@gmail.com


KY League Releases Report on Redistricting

February 15, 2018

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 Frankfort, KY – The League of Women Voters of Kentucky released a state report today  Redistricting Kentucky: A Guidebook for Citizen Participation, defining the redistricting process and why it is an important issue for Kentucky. It also lays out the national League of Women Voters’ recommendations, how other states do their redistricting and makes recommendations for Kentucky and for its citizens in working to ensure a fair and open process.

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League’s Redistricting Report to be Released at Feb. 14 Press Conference

February 11, 2018

The League of Women Voters of Louisville will hold a press conference:

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 , 1:00 p.m.

Capitol Annex Room 125, Frankfort, KY

The League has prepared a report on redistricting to highlight concerns about redistricting in the state. Experiences with gerrymandering in Wisconsin, Maryland and North Carolina resulting in lawsuits, as well as the 2012 court challenge in Kentucky requiring a special session to corrective action, are cause for concern about future efforts in the Commonwealth. Members of the redistricting committee and board including president Wanda Lynch and author of the report, Susan Perkins Weston, will release the report and discuss goals for improving the process in the Commonwealth.

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Press Conference POSTPONED

December 15, 2017

The press conference scheduled for Monday, December 18 has been postponed. Watch for information about rescheduling on this site.


League to Release Redistricting Report Dec 18

December 14, 2017

Media Advisory

Contact: Wanda Lynch, president, 502-875-6481

 December 14, 2017

League of Women Voters of Kentucky to Release Report on Redistricting   

 LOUISVILLE, KY-The League of Women Voters of Louisville will hold a press conference:

Monday, December 18, 2017, 11:00 a.m.

Capitol Annex Room 113, Frankfort, KY 

The League has prepared a report to highlight concerns about redistricting in the state. Experiences with gerrymandering in Wisconsin, Maryland and North Carolina resulting in lawsuits, as well as the 2012 court challenge in Kentucky requiring corrective action in a special session are cause for concern about future efforts in the Commonwealth. Members of the redistricting committee and the state board including president Wanda Lynch and author of the report, Susan Perkins Weston, will release the report and discuss goals for improving the process in the Commonwealth. 

  

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages the 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.

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