By Donald Gilpin
With gerrymandering threatening to undermine the goal of fair elections in New Jersey and throughout the country, the League of Women Voters (LWV) of New Jersey, along with the Fair Districts New Jersey Coalition and the Princeton Gerrymandering Project, will be hosting a town hall, “Ending Gerrymandering with People-Powered Reforms,” on Thursday, November 14 at 4 p.m. in Princeton University’s McCosh Hall, Room 28.
Three members — one a Republican, one a Democrat, one unaffiliated — of California’s first independent, citizen-led Redistricting Commission will be featured speakers, with Princeton University Neuroscience Professor and Princeton Gerrymandering Project (PGP) Director Sam Wang moderating.
“One person, one vote is essential to our democracy,” said PGP National Coordinator Jason Rhode. “Gerrymandering strikes at the heart of democratic politics. If the lines are not drawn fairly, how you vote matters less. I can’t think of anything more fundamental to our democracy at this moment than fair redistricting.”
Gerrymandering implies a practice where the party or legislators in control draw voting maps that will favor their candidates. more