Can Legislators Choose Their Voters? Why Redistricting Matters in South Carolina

Gerrymandering isn’t limited to any one political party. It allows the party in power to serve its own interests by drawing the lines of voting districts. The effect on democracy and competitive elections is disastrous.

Barbara Fowler and Carol Degnen of the League of Women Voters of the Charleston Area will explain gerrymandering and ways to address it through nonpartisan action on Thursday, May 3, at Mt. Pleasant Public Library, 1133 Mathis Ferry Road. Presentations are scheduled at 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. and are free of charge and open to the community.

In South Carolina, the League of Women Voters supports a bipartisan solution to redistricting reform at the State House. Legislation was introduced this session (H 4456) and will be reintroduced in the 2019 session. The League hopes to see passage before the 2020 census. This bill would create an independent redistricting commission to draw the boundaries of voting districts, ensuring that voters choose their representatives, not the other way around.

Barbara and Carol will discuss how gerrymandering happens, highlight the impacts of gerrymandering, including hyper-partisanship and high rates of uncontested races, and let voters know how to advocate for a solution in South Carolina.

More information on gerrymandering can be found at the LWVCA website: http://lwvcharleston.org/RedistrictingReform.html

The League of Women Voters does not support political parties or candidates.

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