Citizen Training on Redistricting
Texas House Redistricting Committee to hold Public Input Hearings in Collin County and the Mid-Cities — January 21 and 22.
The Texas House Redistricting Committee is charged with conducting public input hearings as a first step to the redistricting process that will finish in 2021. Hearings will be held in Collin County and the Mid-Cities on January 21 ad 22, and citizens are invited to participate.
The hearings serve an opportunity for citizens to influence the future state legislative and federal election maps. Speaking up about your community is critical to ensuring district lines are drawn to keep your community whole and grouped with similar communities that have shared interests. This ensures that your voice, and the voice of your community, is heard by your elected leaders in such decisions as the quality of the air you breathe, the quality of your child’s school, and how much you pay in taxes. The hearings are also an opportunity for the public to encourage the committee to conduct a fair process open to public view and comment. Despite representations made, the public input hearings have not been well publicized – so it’s critical to get the word out. These public input hearings may be one of the only opportunities ordinary citizens have to provide in-person, direct comments to the Committee about how districts should be drawn.
The League of Women Voters will be holding a Citizen Training Event on Saturday, November 9, 2019 from 10:30 - 12:30 at the Richardson Civic Center, 411 W Arapaho Road Suite 102, Richardson, TX 75080. Featured guests include Elisabeth MacNamara, the former National President of the League of Women Voters, State Representative Ana-Maria Ramos, and Dr. Robert Lowry from the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences at UT Dallas. The League of Women Voters of Texas and the Texas Civil Rights Project will also be covering their testimony guides.
To register for the training, please visit: draw-the-lines.eventbrite.com
Grace Chimene, President of the League of Women Voters of Texas:
“During the redistricting process, new district lines are drawn that impact the power of your vote and how you are represented in the Texas Legislature and in the US Congress. We need people to watch when these new maps are drawn to guard against gerrymandering. Our very democracy depends on a fair and open redistricting process, which can only be achieved with full and active participation by the general public.”
The League of Women Voters' mission is empowering voters and defending democracy. We are nonpartisan. We never support or oppose political parties or candidates.