Gerrymandering Observer Corps Report ~ 1.17.18

 “HOW WILL GERRYMANDERING AFFECT YOU?”  PRESENTATION
Litchfield Historical Society 3:30 PM Jan 14, 2018 with John Dasher

John Dasher covered many items in the discussions of redistricting including:

Every 10 years based upon the U S Census, each state is required to create 3 maps. One for each house of their Assembly and one for their Congressional representation.

In 1964 the Supreme Court  ruled that each congressional district must be equal in # of voters within 1 % of the population. The districts must be adjacent and compact.

He estimates that based upon current population estimates CA & TX will gain seats and PA & NY may lose seats.

In CT, the process is controlled by the Assembly. CT has 36 Senate districts and 151 House districts. The maps must be approved by 2/3 rds of each House.

In the 2010 Census, CT began the redistricting process on March 11 and had to finish by September 15, 2011. A committee of 8 members (Equal from both Houses & political parties) could not come up with new maps. The decision ended

In Court with a count appointed master creating the final maps. The master basically accepted the previous map but added 500 voters to one district to meet the equal population requirement.

The Supreme Court may be hearing up to five states challenges to existing plans (MD, NC, PA, TX & WI).

The LHS has taped this event. You may view it here.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       COME TO LUNCH & LEARN Thursday, January 18 @ 1 PM @ OWL to continue the discussion.

Respectfully submitted- Bernard Harrington

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