The League of Women Voters of Western Monmouth County, the Greater Red Bank Area League of Women Voters and the League of Women Voters Township of Ocean are co-sponsoring a program, “Fair Redistricting:  Fixing an Broken System,” on Sunday, March 24, 2019, from 3:00-4:30 at the Terner Gallery, adjacent to the Ocean Township Library, 601 Deal Road, Ocean Township.  

The program is free and open to the public.

The talk will feature speaker Helen Kioukis, who leads the League of Women Voters of New Jersey’s redistricting reform campaign, “Fair Districts NJ.”  Her talk will center on how New Jersey redraws its voting districts, how New Jersey’s redistricting process compares to other states, and ways to improve the process to make it more transparent and inclusive.

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The program is part of the League’s “Hot Topic Series” providing informed, non-partisan explorations of topics critical to our democracy and this program will deal with one of the consequences of the results of the Census, the realigning of voter districts.  It is crucial that the realignment is done on a non-partisan basis if it is going to result in fair representation of the actual vote. How is it presently done? Is it truly non-partisan? How do other states organize it? In New Jersey, a commission is appointed consisting of an equal number of Democrats and Republicans who then choose a supposedly neutral person to lead the discussion and, if necessary, vote to break a tie.  Is this the best way?

The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan, non-profit organization that encourages the active and informed participation of citizens in government.  Go to lwvwesternmonmouth.org, lwvgrba.org or lwvto.org for information regarding the League.

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