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Scuba Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 06:45 AM
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Shine a light on re-districting !!!

The "Draw the Line" Campaign is working to prevent another Michelle Bachmann.


Chicago Civic engagement and community organizations in six Midwest states today announced they will implement a coordinated campaign to transform redistrictingthe way electoral district lines are drawnby shining an ongoing spotlight on the process, pushing for increased public participation and greater protection of minority voting rights in the creation of new political maps, and proposing alternatives to plans working their way through state legislatures.

Draw the Line Midwest, the nations first regional redistricting reform campaign, is a collaboration of the Midwest Democracy Networkan alliance of 25 groups advocating for political reform, civil rights, and other interests in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin, with technical support from the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University Law School.

Redistricting occurs once every ten years, after the decennial Census, and can have a profound impact on whether communities can elect representatives of their choice who are responsive to their concerns, but this building-block of our democracy has traditionally been exploited for political gain.

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