You are invited to the LWVCT’s public forum on “Redistricting and the Perils of Gerrymandering.” This free event will be held at the Yale Law School, 127 Wall Street, New Haven, on Saturday, March 23, 2019, from 10:00 a.m. to noon. No registration is required.
The 2020 Census will lead to the redrawing of our state legislative districts and potentially our U.S. House districts as well. Drawing upon the experience of other states, this forum will encourage the consideration of a more transparent and nonpartisan redistricting system in Connecticut in order to better serve the interests of voters. Currently, Connecticut’s district lines are drawn by our legislative leaders. A more cohesive map of political districts, with less breaking up of municipalities, could improve voters’ connection with their representatives and result in less confusion on Election Day. It could also encourage more competition and reduce the current focus on building incumbency. Our forum panelists will be:
- Heather Gerken, Dean of the Yale Law School, who is an expert on election laws;
- Tom Wolf, a principal of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU, who has litigated major national redistricting issues;
- Secretary of the State Denise Merrill;
- Senator Martin Looney, President Pro Tem of the State Senate; and
- Senator Len Fasano, State Senate Minority Leader.
The moderator will be former State Senator Ed Meyer, the forum’s main organizer. He will accept questions from the audience following the panel discussion. Suggested parking for this event:
- Yale’s Payne Whitney Gym parking lot, Grove St. and Tower Parkway – free on Saturdays
- Area on-street meters accept credit/debit cards and change/coins
- Broadway surface lot, across from the Yale Bookstore/Barnes & Noble
- Parking garages on Grove St. and elsewhere nearby