After several months of research and information-gathering, the LWVD Redistricting/Census Committee has hit the ground running with a variety of initiatives.
Key for September is scheduling meetings with Dallas City Council members to:
solicit their input and perspectives on local redistricting issues and challenges.
acquaint them with LWVD redistricting priorities and concerns.
Committee volunteers are being assigned to meet with specific council members, and committee Chair Joan Ridley is leading a series of coaching sessions via Zoom so everyone is on the same page with our questions and message. Moving into October, the committee’s focus will shift to:
meeting with Dallas County Commissioners.
- preparing to testify at public hearings on redistricting.
Again, October activities will include coaching sessions via Zoom, so everyone involved in these activities will be well-prepared to engage with elected officials and to advocate for a fair and open redistricting process. Public hearings for local redistricting have not been scheduled yet but we anticipate specific dates (and Zoom links) very soon. Important note: Committee members will be speaking for themselves, not as LWVD representatives.
The committee is also encouraging members to explore the DistrictR map drawing tool. Although this is an unfamiliar task for most (or all) of us, the tool makes it easier and we will be sharing how-to’s and other guidance to interested volunteers.
We also will be addressing how to write effective letters to the editor to keep our priorities and concerns public throughout the redistricting process.
The latest addition to the committee is our State and Congressional Redistricting Watchdogs. They are keeping an eye on what is occurring in Austin on a daily basis, and they are keeping the rest of us current on the status of the redistricting process and opportunities for activism.
We anticipate that there will be litigation on the state and congressional levels due to partisan and racial Gerrymandering. Our committee will keep current on court cases, court decisions and dissenting opinions. Committee members will continue to write summaries which will be posted on the website.